Healthy Androscoggin: Healthy Pet Series Vol II

July 30th, 2020

Dr. Pussums PURE Catnip Shoppe has partnered with


to help bring awareness to the health impacts of second hand smoke to our furry friends. We all love our pets like family so maybe a little extra knowledge and awareness will encourage someone who is ready, to quit. Please share!

“Cats can inhale secondhand smoke, but they can also lick up toxic substances accumulated on their fur when they groom themselves. This licking can result in ingestion of carcinogens and can cause mouth cancer. Cats living with smokers are at a higher risk of developing malignant lymphoma as well as squamous cell carcinoma. Second-hand vapor can provoke an allergic reaction in humans, as well as cats. Propylene Glycol aka PG is a base in most e-liquids. It is considered safe for consumption, but people do have allergies to propylene glycol.

A cat in a vaping household can accumulate traces of vapor, and consequently propylene glycol, through direct or indirect contact. This can trigger a lot of allergies and skin conditions in cats, when cats groom themselves. Felines can also suffer from “Heinz body,” a condition that damages red blood cells.” SOURCE:

Symptoms of poisoning in Pets

Depending on the amount consumed, nicotine can be a very rapid-acting toxin. Usually, a pet will show signs of poisoning within one hour.

The most common symptoms include:

  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Diarrhea
  • Change in Heart Rate
  • Incoordination
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weakness
  • Tremors
  • Blood in the stool
  • Lethargy
  • Bruising


Making your home smoke-free is one of the most important and loving things you can do for your pets! Secondhand smoke is a known cause of cancer and illness in humans and pets.

Allowing smoking in your home harms your animals because:


If you or someone you know is ready to quit, contact The Maine Tobacco HelpLine at 1-800-2017-1230.  Did you know that most people who smoke want to quit? According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), “among all current U.S. adult cigarette smokers, nearly 7 out of every 10 (68.0%) reported in 2015 that they wanted to quit completely.” “Pet owners who smoke reported that information on the danger of pet exposure to secondhand smoke would motivate them to try and quit.” (Truth Initiative infographic) “An estimated 1/5 of pet owners are also smokers” (Truth Initiative infographic)


American Veterinary Medical Association

American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation

Truth Initiative

IDEXX Pet Health Network

Pet Poison Help Line