Modern medicine examines a dog for signs of ingested smoke.
Smokers’ pets are all going to die of the Lumps or something equally horrible unless we all stop smoking (tipped by our South African correspondent). It’s kinder and quicker to kill them now.
Professor Clare Knottenbelt,
(I am resisting, but it’s really difficult)
Professor of Small Animal Medicine and Oncology at the university’s Small Animal Hospital, has been studying the effects of smoking and the health impact it has on family dogs and cats.
We’ve been here before. The reason I stopped all support for PDSA was that they came out in favour of pets suffering from the mythical effects of second and third hand smoke. I would support them as an animal charity but not as some bizarre Puritan cult.
said: “Our findings show that exposure to smoke in the home is having a direct impact on pets. It risks ongoing cell damage, increasing weight gain after castration and has previously been shown to increase the risk of certain cancers.
After castration, what is there to do but eat? It’s the only pleasure left since pets aren’t allowed to smoke or drink. There are no figures to tell us whether the smoker pets were significantly fatter or whether, as is often the case in antismoker studies, there was some slight bias towards homes of fat smokers. You know, those who might give Fido a few more treats than the average.
Whilst you can reduce the amount of smoke your pet is exposed to by smoking outdoors and by reducing the number of tobacco products smoked by the members of the household, stopping smoking completely is the best option for your pet’s future health and wellbeing.”
So now you have to go outside your own home to smoke while Fido stares at you through the window and wonders what the hell is going on. Why are you going for solo walkies? The resultant paranoia will no doubt be classed as animal abuse so you have to go out of sight of the windows before lighting up.
Really, people are going to believe this crap and they really will go outside to smoke while the cat shakes its head slowly at the idiot owner and the dog descends into rampant madness while he imagines his owner out there walking that tart poodle from number 26 while he’s locked up indoors.
Get a grip, people. Whose house do you live in? Yours or the medics’?
When are you going to stop just accepting all this drivel and actually think for yourselves? How many have come home to find their dog with its paws in the air like this?
This dog lives with a nonsmoker.
Disclaimer: No dogs were smoked, pickled, harmed or drilled through in the making of this post and I have no pets at all.
Not even a spider.