Should I be Concerned When Vaping Around My Pets at Home?
We know that secondhand smoking can harm people in similar ways to smoking a cigarette. Cigarettes contain many harmful chemicals that cause diseases such as lung cancer, in people and in pets too. So what about vaping? Vapes and e-cigarettes do not contain the same chemicals as cigarettes, but there needs to be more research on the long-term effects vaping has on pets.
What we do know now is that e-juice contains nicotine which can be harmful if swallowed. Some e-juices contain propylene glycol – also known as PG, which is harmful to cats if they swallow it.
A study done by the National Center for Biotechnology Information found that cats who were fed high amounts of propylene glycol over a 5-week period were more susceptible to developing Heinz bodies in their red blood cells, which can contribute to anemia. Oddly enough, PG was used in cat food during the 1990s until its negative effects were discovered.
For now, it seems as though pets only become sick after digesting e-juices, and not from inhalation of the vapor. If you would rather not risk it, here are some tips to keeping your home safe for your pet:
- Keep e-liquids & vaping devices out of the reach of your pets.
- If needed, lock up your vape juice and devices in a safe place.
- Vape outside, away from your pets.
- Don’t leave your vape or e-cigarette charging within reach of your pet.
- Call your vet immediately if you suspect your pet has nicotine poisoning.
Nicotine poisoning symptoms for pets:
- Tremors or trembling
- Drooling or hyper salivation
- Constricted pupils
- Odd behavior