A new study by scientists show that not only can pets be at risk from passive smoking, but, apparently, they can be at more risk from passive smoking than humans.
The study was conducted by a group of researches from the University of Glasgow.
They found that pet dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, and other pets can form many illnesses, and health problems due to passive smoking. Among the illnesses that can occur to pets due to passive smoking, are;
weight gain, cells being lost, and cancer.
The intresting thing that the scientists found was that cats were more likely than dogs, to be at risk from passive smoking.
The greater risk to cats is thought to be because cats do a lot more self grooming than dogs, and that they are more likely to digest second hand smoke into their bodies due to the smoke being on their fur, and then the cats grooming their fur.
Dogs are more likely to gain weight, than cats though, from second hand smoke.
The other thing that can happen with dogs and cats is not just second hand smoke, but also third hand smoke. Which is thought to be more damaging than second hand smoke. It also means that pets are suffering from two kinds of passive smoking in smoking households.
Smoking outside, or smoking less, can reduce your pets exsposure to second hand smoke.