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The Dangers of Vaping Around Pets
There has been a lot of attention given to the dangers of vaping for those who thought it to be a safe alternative to cigarettes. As we now know, vaping and its byproducts have the power to harm through the inhalation of chemicals. While the spotlight has been on the impact on humans, there should also be more focus on its risks to pets.
If you have wondered about the risk of exposure, we are here to answer some questions about vaping around pets.
What Is Vaping?
Vaping is the act of inhaling through an aerosol a concoction of nicotine and other chemicals and exhaling “smoke”, which is actual vapor or fumes. Vaping is done through a device called e-cigarettes, which are designed to look like cigarettes, or a vape pen, which resembles a fountain pen.
Inside these devices is a cartridge that contains e-liquid or e-juice which is composed of a glycerin based nicotine, along with other chemicals.
How Can Vaping Harm Your Pet
There are two ways that pets can be exposed to harmful chemicals in e-cigs or pens. This includes inhalation of the fumes or ingestion of the e-juice. Both are emergency situations that require immediate action by phoning your vet. According to the ASPCA Poison Control Center, there is an alarming increase in the number of calls due to e-cigarettes and vaping products.
Liquid nicotine, like tobacco based cigarettes, are toxic to pets. If the amount consumed was minimal, which is most often the cases, your pet will fully cooperate with care. Symptoms of nicotine poisoning include:
- Increased heart rate
If your pet consumes a large quantity of e-juice or nicotine, pulse slows, then the blood pressure drops significantly. This can lead to death if not treated immediately following consumption of the vaping product.
As with any tobacco product, caution must be taken around your pet. Things that we don’t always think a pet will get into, like e-cigs, pens, etc., are hidden dangers. Much like any toxic, take great care in where you store these products.
- Put away vaping items when they are not in use.
- Vape in places where your pet cannot access, like outside on a pato, since second-hand vaping fumes can cause harm.
- Ask guests who vape to take the same precautions.
If you have any additional questions about the dangers of vaping around pets, or if you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us.