We all know that smoking and nicotine exposure are bad for us, but even those who are aware of the dangers to humans might not realize that nicotine exposure can be deadly to dogs and cats. This is because nicotine affects them differently than it does us; they metabolize it much more quickly and therefore experience much stronger effects than we do. And this is particularly true when it comes to nicotine poisoning, which can occur from small exposures.
Most people know nicotine is dangerous to humans, but few realize it can be deadly for pets.
Most people know that nicotine is dangerous to humans, but few realize it can be fatal for pets. Nicotine poisoning in pets is a common occurrence, and it can be a hard subject to talk about. In this article, we’ll provide you with the information you need to prevent your pet from being poisoned by nicotine.
Nicotine is the addictive substance found in tobacco products such as cigarettes and cigars. It is also a common ingredient in some topical pesticides and insecticides.
Symptoms of Nicotine Poisoning
When nicotine comes into contact with your pet’s skin or mouth, it can cause illness and even death. Nicotine poisoning occurs when a dog or cat eats a cigarette, cigar, pipe tobacco or other tobacco product. Even after smoking has ended, there are still small amounts of nicotine left in ashtrays that can be harmful if ingested by your pet.
Symptoms of nicotine poisoning include vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, weakness, excitability and dilated pupils. Other symptoms include increased heart rate and breathing rate; panting; salivation.
Source of Nicotine Poisoning
Nicotine is a natural component of tobacco, so it’s no surprise that pets are exposed to nicotine poisoning when they eat cigarette buds or chew on “smokeless” tobacco products like chewing tobacco or snuff. The toxic ingredient in these products is not the nicotine itself, but the chemicals used to keep it stable and slow its release (such as ammonia). Ethylene glycol can also be present in these products and can cause kidney failure in dogs.
The most common source of accidental nicotine exposure for pets is from e-cigarettes (vaporizers). In 2018 alone, over 1,000 calls were made regarding pet exposure to e-cigarette vapors resulting from either vaporizer malfunction or mishandling by owners who did not realize that their vaporizer contained nicotine.
Treatment for Nicotine Poisoning
If you think your pet has been poisoned by nicotine, act quickly. Remove the source of nicotine immediately and call a vet. If possible, give your pet water or a laxative to dilute the poison and help her pass it in her stool. Your vet may also administer activated charcoal if it’s within a few hours of ingestion; this helps absorb some of the nicotine before it can be absorbed into the bloodstream.
Nicotine poisoning is a serious problem for pets. Nicotine patches, gum, and even cigarette butts contain dangerous levels of nicotine that are poisonous to your pet. In fact, nicotine poisoning can be fatal to your dog or cat if not treated immediately after exposure.
We hope you found this blog post helpful. We should all be aware of the dangers of nicotine poisoning in pets and educate our friends and families about it. We do not want to see any of our pets get sick from something that is easily preventable.