Vaping and dogs: make sure your pets are safe

PW Editor author
Published 2021-12-01

If you have animals in your home, you are undoubtedly worried about how your vaping affects them. Pets are curious creatures. As soon as you look away, they are already going to study your reserves of fluids. Sometimes in the media there are reports that accidentally drunk liquid for electronic cigarettes led to the death of a puppy or kitten. And now anxiety arises in my head, but how does vaping affect our smaller brothers?

Liquids are the main danger

In the issue of the relationship between pets and vaping, liquid for electronic cigarettes plays a key role, because it contains poisonous nicotine, the strength of which is determined primarily by the mass of the person on whom it turns out. Therefore, the smaller the animal, the lower the dose is needed to poison it.

Take dogs for example. The toxic dose for them is 9.2 mg / kg, so 156 mg of nicotine (52 ml of liquid with a concentration of 3 mg / ml) is dangerous for an average collie weighing 17 kg. For small dogs weighing about 3 kg, 27.6 mg will be quite dangerous, which translated into the same liquid will be 9.2 ml. From these simple calculations, it is clear that a standard bottle can lead to serious consequences for our smaller brothers if the animal consumes this liquid.

In most cases, only nicotine should be feared, because food flavorings are safe to swallow, and propylene glycol and glycerin are included in some feeds. So if you are only vaping nicotine-free liquid, then there is no reason for much concern.

Most important tip: Store liquids out of the reach of your pets. If you regularly refuel your tank, do not be lazy to tighten the bottle cap well. Cats are usually not very interested in liquid, but dogs are attracted to new smells. In addition, dogs are larger and harder to manage. In general, keeping liquids out of sight, such as in a box, will increase their shelf life.

Passive smoking

So, the most important threat is easily eliminated. A little prudence is enough and everything will be fine. But what about the other risks? For example, steam. Can he harm pets? How will vaping, even if it is passive, affect your cat or dog? Everything is somewhat more complicated here.

It is almost impossible to avoid reports that e-cigarettes contain harmful chemicals, but it is not the substance itself that is important, but its quantity, which is a fundamental principle of toxicology. When people get scared and frighten others with substances in a pair, they pronounce scary names, but they hardly talk about their quantity, about how much of this substance somehow significantly affects health. They don't even compare the vapor of e-cigarettes to the smoke of conventional cigarettes.

Unsurprisingly, most studies do not identify any contamination in the room where the e-cigarette was used. We have already written about how Californian scientists accidentally confirmed the safety of passive vaping.

So secondhand e-cigarette smoking is unlikely to cause more harm to your pets than regular air, but be still prudent and do not blow puffs of steam into your pets' noses.

Cats and propylene glycol

Although PG is a fairly popular ingredient in dog food, cats have recently shown remarkable sensitivity to this substance. Moreover, it causes them to have Heinz anemia. This is a condition in which the hemoglobin in red blood cells changes its structure, which negatively affects the ability of blood cells to carry oxygen.

In a study by doctors from the University of Minnesota, cats were fed food with different propylene glycol contents of 1.6 g and 8 g per kg of animal body. In both cases, the development of Heinz's bodies was observed. In the first case, they were 28%, and in the second, 92%. In addition, there have been other studies that have found that current cat food does not contain propylene glycol.

In general, there is no need to worry too much: the dose of risk is considered to be 1.6 g per kg of body weight of the animal. That is, if your cat weighs 5 kg, then to approach this figure you will need to evaporate more than 15 ml of liquid 50/50 on it at a time.

However, for pure prudence, do not let steam go into your cat's face or near food and water.

Safety checklist

If you use e-cigarettes, it is worth worrying about their safety for your pets, dogs, cats, etc, present at your vaping space.

Keep liquids in a safe place, away from mouths and claws;Be alert when animals are close to bottles;Do not release clouds of steam into the faces of animals (although this is also true for people);Be aware of the sensitivity of cats to propylene glycol.