Quitting Smoking could save your Pet
Quitting Smoking could save your Pets Life There is so much talk about smokers who produce
secondhand smoke, which is unhealthy for their family members and co-workers, that it has become an excuse for some
smokers. Those who live alone claim that it does not matter if they smoke in their homes because it is only them.
What these people forget is that many of those who live alone dont; they have a pet in the home with them. Many of
these pets are cats because those who live alone and work long hours know that cats can manage on their own while
dogs need to have access to the outside. Since a large portion of single apartment dwellers have cats this is one
area that these smokers must take into consideration. Though they assume that the smoke only harms their
non-smoking counterparts they are forgetting about their pets. Research has proven with a doubt that smoking is
hard on pets of all kinds and can cause a variety of medical issues for them. Cats that live with smokers, and so
breathe in secondhand smoke daily, double the risk of developing feline lymphoma as cats that live in a smoke free
environment. Feline lymphoma is a type of cat cancer that is known for being deadly. Cats also develop an
assortment of respiratory problems if their owners smoke. They can wind up wheezing, coughing and sneezing; all
very unpleasant for them. Dogs also suffer from secondhand smoke but they are more likely to develop nose or sinus
cancers over time. They can also suffer from other respiratory issues. Even rodents have difficulty when there is
smoke in the home. Hamsters and guinea pigs often develop alopecia which is a condition where the animal loses its
hair. When you are sitting with your cat in your lap or your dog curled on the sofa beside you do not then take out
a cigarette and smoke it. Do not take your dog for a walk only to satisfy your craving for another cigarette which
your partner will not let you smoke in the house. You are harming your pets health each time you light up with them
there. The United States is a country filled with animal lovers. We rely on our pets for unconditional love. We
look forward to arriving home and being greeted by our feline or canine roommate. If they are so important to us
then it is only right that we worry about what smoking does to their health and seriously consider quitting. This
may seem odd to some; why quit for our pets? But think about it. Many smokers want to quit they just cannot find
the motivation. They enjoy their cigarettes and the social scene it brings them into. Perhaps, the health of their
pets, the companions who never let them down, who always are pleased to see them and offer them that love and
respect that is hard to find, might be the motivation they are looking for. After all, quitting smoking could save
the life of your beloved pet.
How To Quit Smoking It takes time to undo years of conditioning. Give yourself a break. Listen to your body and watch for signals that you may be weakening. Don't be afraid to admit to weakness. Only when you admit your weaknesses can others step in and offer their assistance.
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