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A Warning to Pet Owners Who Use E-Cigarettes (Video)

As we roll into 2017, we’re sure that cutting back on smoking is at the top of a lot of people’s to-do lists. We applaud this New Year’s resolution, especially since secondhand smoke can contribute to cancer, respiratory disease and heart disease in dogs, and is associated with an increased risk of some types of cancer in cats. But if you use e-cigarettes, be sure to keep them closed away so pets cannot access them.

The problem with e-cigarettes is that they are filled with concentrated liquid nicotine, which can poison your pet. To put it in perspective, most tobacco cigarettes contain between eight and 40 milligrams of nicotine per cigarette, while e-cigarettes may contain up to 80 milligrams of nicotine per teaspoon of liquid. That’s a big difference — and a big danger to pets who might ingest the flavored liquids.

Check out the video below to learn more about the dangers of e-cigarettes, the signs of nicotine poisoning and what to do if your pet is exposed to liquid nicotine.

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