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Secondhand (and Third-Hand) Smoke May Be Making Your Pet Sick

For all you pet lovers here’s a great article and fact sheet from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on how second and third-hand smoke may be making pets sick:
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You likely consider the impact smoking has on your health, but did you know smoking may also affect your pet? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a consumer update in November of 2016 to help inform consumers of the potential harm pet owners may be causing.

According to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) veterinarian Carmela Stamper, D.V. M., “Like children, dogs and cats spend a lot of time on or near the floor, where tobacco smoke residue concentrates in house dust, carpets and rugs. Then, it gets on their fur.” Stamper continues, “Dogs, cats, and children not only breathe these harmful substances in, but pets can also ingest them by licking their owner’s hair, skin, and clothes.”

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  1. Thirdhand smoke residue builds up on surfaces over time and resists normal cleaning. Thirdhand smoke can’t be eliminated by airing out rooms, opening windows, using fans or air conditioners, or confining smoking to only certain areas of a home. In contrast, secondhand smoke is the smoke and other airborne products that come from being close to burning tobacco products, such as cigarettes.

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