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  • Did you know smoking can kill your pet?

    Smoking is bad for pets too, the University of Glasgow said, citing an ongoing study into the effects of second-hand smoke on dogs and cats.

    Research at the Scottish institution has found that pets living in a smoky environment have a higher risk of health problems, including some animal cancers, cell damage and weight gain.

    “Pet owners often do not think about the impact that smoking could have on their pets,” said Clare Knottenbelt, professor of small animal medicine and oncology.

    “Our findings show that exposure to smoke in the home is having a direct impact on pets.

    “It risks ongoing cell damage, increasing weight gain after castration and has previously been shown to increase the risk of certain cancers.”

    While dogs can take in significant amounts of smoke, the university study shows cats are “even more affected”.

    “This may be due to the extensive self-grooming that cats do, as this would increase the amount of smoke (chemicals) taken in to the body,” said Knottenbelt...........
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