Pets and E-Cigarettes - Is it a Good Combination?
It is good for you to shift to vaping from smoking. But, make sure this step in a good, positive direction doesn’t endanger the life of your pet!
The controlled amounts of nicotine in these e-liquids may be good for you, but it is still a threat to your pets. Irrespective of whether the e-liquids contain tobacco or not, the nicotine portion is what is the problem.
According to a recent survey done for Pet Poison Helpline, which is a 24-hour animal poison control service available throughout the US, Canada, and the Caribbean; there has been a rapid increase in their call volumes involving poisoning of pets through e-cigarettes!
How are these e-cigarettes dangerous for your pets?
The e-cigarettes work on a mechanism where the e-liquids in the cartridge is converted to vapors, which then we inhale. Now to top that, these e-cigarettes are available in innumerable flavours ranging from banana cream to cinnamon roll pie, including every unique flavour one could conjure up!
The aroma of liquid nicotine can be alluring to dogs. The sense of smell of animals is different than humans. These flavours also play a big role in attracting animals.
The liquids are available in total nicotine free flavours in ranges that vary from 6 mg to 24 mg in these e-cigarettes, which is far less than any traditional cigarette. But this amount can be far too much for your dog or cat!
They have a much lower threshold of nicotine tolerance. Now if your 50- pound dog ingests a single cartridge; clinical poisoning can occur! If you have a smaller dog, he can even die with this dosage of nicotine!
In many cases, many vapers buy vials of liquid nicotine solution for refilling their cartridges. This vial of liquid nicotine is also known as e-juices or e-liquids. Now if these e-juices have a high concentration of nicotine then they can be very lethal to animals!
This is the reason why it becomes very important and mandatory for pet-owners to keep their e-liquids and e-cigarettes away and out of reach of their pets!
What happens when your pets ingest e-liquids?
The reactions start to show within 15-60 minutes following the ingestion or exposure. Some really evident symptoms include- vomiting, diarrhea, agitation, depression, weakness, a decrease in immunity, coma, increased heart rate and respiration rate.
How to keep your pets safe?
Pets are quite different than children. So just putting your stack of e-cigarette and e-juice on the highest shelf won’t do. Pets have an acute sense of smell and a keen way of navigating any space!
The best way to go about it is to store your stuff in an airtight box that will keep the smell from spreading and the pets can’t reach them that easily! The storage principle is same as you would store any harmful chemical like bleach.
Does secondhand vaping affect the health of your pet?
The amount of nicotine in the e-juices are limited and constrained due to which they may not have any major consequences on a human body. So, the chances of any harm caused by secondhand vaping get slimmer!
But when it comes to animals like cats and dogs, due to their comparatively smaller size, these small amounts can have a considerable effect on them. When it comes to second-hand vaping, this may have very less or no effect on your pet but it is still to be safe than to be sorry!
Just because the chances are less, should not mean that you start blowing off vapors onto your pets just to have fun! Take all the precautions you need to take, in order to keep your pet safe and out of harm!
When it comes to cats, they may have a different physical reaction to e-cigarettes. Many ingredients in the e-liquid don’t harm them, apart from nicotine and another major ingredient called PG i.e. Propylene Glycol.
PG is used in an e-liquid to carry its flavours. Vapers also get a strong throat hit due to a certain amount of PG present in the e-liquid!
Cats are found to be allergic to PG. It makes the cats anemic. Anemia is a disorder in which the red blood cells are unable to carry oxygen! This was a major reason why PG was banned from being used in cat food!
These are the reasons why vapers should be really careful while using e-cigarettes and e-liquids around their pets!
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Stuti is a blogger and a content developer currently working with eMist Liquids for developing well researched content and sharing values with the vapers.