Do Smokers’ Dogs Get Cancer Faster?

The owners of smoking dogs must have wondered: Am I hurting my dog? Or is secondhand smoke safe for dogs? There are not many studies on this topic yet. However, they speculate that secondhand smoke is also harmful to animals and can cause cancer in them.

The question of whether dogs can also have lung cancer has long been established: in 1970, laboratory dogs were used to confirm that smoking actually causes cancer. For this, animals often succumbed to quartzing. Result: 19 out of 36 dogs developed cancer.

And secondhand smoke? More and more research is now emerging on this topic, ” explains psychology professor and dog expert Dr. Stanley Coren in Psychology Today.

For example, one study found that dogs of smoking owners were 60 percent more likely to develop cancer.

Smokers’ Dogs are 60 Percent More Likely to Develop Cancer

There are also studies showing that breeds of dogs with short or medium-short noses, such as Pugs and Labrador Retrievers, are more likely to develop lung cancer. On the other hand, dogs with long noses are more prone to nose cancer if they live with smokers.

By the way, smokers also harm their dogs if they only smoke outside or in another room. Doctor According to Koren, among other things, toxins accumulate in the hair and clothes of the smoker. If you then cuddle your pets, they will come into contact with toxins – and, according to scientists, there are up to 250 different types of toxins in tobacco smoke.

What can you do to protect your dog’s health? For this Dr. Koren’s simple advice: “Quit smoking!” If not for your health, then for the health of your four-legged friend.

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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