How Smoking is Affecting Your Pets

If you’re considering quitting smoking, good for you! For all the published and documented reasons over the years why smoking is harmful for your health, doing so may be the best thing you’ve ever done for your body. But if you feel like you need more motivation, have you considered what smoking does do your pets? You’re putting your furry friends at risk each time you take a puff. Here how smoking is affecting your pets:

Smoke Particles

Most of secondhand smoke’s poisons are heavy chemicals and particles, meaning each puff you exhale rains down a cloud of toxic chemicals into your pets’ fur and their lungs.

These toxins don’t simply vanish after a time. They’ll stay clinged to fur, furniture, and clothes. As a result, when your pets groom or clean themselves, they ingest these chemicals via “third-hand” action.

Respiratory problems

Pets exposed to secondhand smoke may develop and experience severe respiratory or asthma symptoms

The airways of dogs and cats are similar to humans, but are smaller and narrower. This raises a concern that secondhand smoke can exacerbates and hasten breathing problems


Concerns mount outside of respiratory issues. There’s anxiety and anecdotal evidence that smoking agitates allergic dermatitis which causes skin rashes and eczema.

Your pets are important to you. They are apart of the family, and similar to any other family member, you want them to have a warm home free of anything that may be detrimental to their health.

If you’re ready to quit smoking for you and your furry loved-ones, contact us and begin your Quit Smoking Now journey.