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Nicotine Poisoning in Pets

By January 4, 2013

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Nicotina (tobacco) plant © net_efekt on FlickrIt has been known for quite some time that second-hand cigarette smoke is dangerous to pets and people. Consuming discarded tobacco or nicotine products is also a health risk. Pets (and children) may find discarded cigarette or cigar butts, nicotine patches, nicotine gum and chewing tobacco and decide to give them a taste test. Especially curious puppies. Not good.

All of these tobacco products contain nicotine, which can cause illness and even death in fairly small amounts. This quick tip is to alert people -- smokers and non-smokers alike -- of the dangers of nicotine and a reminder to dispose of these products safely away from pets.

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August 12, 2009 at 2:30 pm
(1) vetmedicine says:

This is especially timely for me right now, even though we have a non-tobacco household. We we are in the middle of a huge restoration project on our 100+ year old barn and… yep, there are now cigarette butts and chewed tobacco to watch out for in the construction zone! :-/

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