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Studies: Secondhand smoke can sicken pets

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Secondhand smoke is not just detrimental to your children or other family members. We now know for certain that it can also gravely affect four-legged family members, too.

Studies by Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, Colorado State University, and a slew of others around the nation suggest secondhand smoke increases the risk in your pets of everything from allergic reactions to inflammation and perhaps all sorts of cancer, including nasal and pulmonary.

West Village Veterinary Hospital's Dr. Julie Jones says here are some possible symptoms: coughing, lethargy, weight loss, and not eating. Any of those symptoms are a sure-fire sign to take your beloved pet to the vet immediately. Cats are particularly susceptible to lymphoma.

All you smokers, do your pets a favor: stop smoking around them.

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