Dogs can have bronchitis because of cigarette smoke. Vets tend to see these pets with more frequency and have found them difficult to treat. If a pet is taken out of the home or the owner quits smoking, a pet can recover from the effects of cigarette smoke.
Even if you don’t smoke around your pets, or you are around other people that do, you can still put your pets at risk with what is called third-hand smoke. Third-hand smoke is the cigarette byproducts that cling to the smoker’s hair and clothing; as well as to household fabrics, carpets and surfaces. These particles have been proven toxic. There can be up to 250 poisonous gases, chemicals, and metals. Which includ hydrogen cyanide, carbon monoxide, ammonia, toluene (found in paint thinners), arsenic, lead, chromium (used to make steel), cadmium (used to make batteries), and polonium-210 (highly radioactive carcinogen). Eleven of the compounds are classified as Group 1 carcinogens, the most dangerous.
Pets are especially susceptible to third-hand smoke exposure when they play on or touch and mouth contaminated surfaces. Third-hand smoke can remain indoors even long after the smoking has stopped. So if your pet walks across your carpet or couch, licks his feet, he can be contaminated by third-hand smoke. What if you smoke outside? Your clothes are contaminated. Therefore, when you hold your pet, they can be affected by the third-hand smoke.