Way Behind the Pack
By Abe Lerner
Cigarette Smoking is Killing Man’s Best Friend
Recently, radio ads promoting the quitting of cigarette smoking began airing in the New York City metro area. Roosevelt explains that he always believed smoking was bad for the lungs. He was unaware though, of the potential negative impact it could have on his heart as well. He cites examples of how after suffering a heart attack attributed to his nicotine habit, his lifestyle was altered dramatically, including an inability to play basketball with his kids. He concludes by advising the public at large to quit smoking.
I’d like to preface my remarks by saying that this is not a forum for leading a crusade against lighting up. Our blog remains dedicated to providing beneficial information for pet parents, as well as championing animal causes around the globe. That being said, are you kidding me? What was Roosevelt thinking? The message apparently being conveyed, is that although prepared to cave to his nicotine cravings at the expense of his lungs, he was reluctant to compromise his heart, as it inhibited interaction with his children. Huh? What exactly is the difference? Last I checked, both the lungs & the heart are vital organs!
Upon fur-ther review (pet version of NFL instant replay) though, it is evident that people will go the extra mile for their offspring. A classic example, & excuse the pun, would be of parents forcing their children to wear seatbelts, while they themselves drive unbelted. Although being somewhat paradoxical & illogical, that is the nature of a parent. There’s an innate obligation that parents feel towards protecting their children. So although Roosevelt disregarded his own health, his kids were his top priority…
Taking a cue from Roosevelt, we can draw a parallel to pet parent smokers caring for their companions. Although specific pet tobacco-related death statistics are unavailable, exposure to secondhand smoke can cause cancer in pets, according to a Tufts University’s School of Veterinary Medicine study. Lung & nasal cancers are prevalent in dogs, while cats are more susceptible to malignant lymphoma. Common symptoms of pet cancer include vomiting, weight loss, & nasal bleeding, as reported by the Associated Press, & cancer is the leading killer amongst all diseases in cats & dogs. Researchers point out, that carcinogenic substances found in cigarettes accumulate on surfaces throughout the smoker’s residence, enabling pets to ingest them. The study research further concluded, that living with a smoker for 5 years, quadrupled the risk of contracting the disease.
The nature of parents is to protect their children…They go the extra mile for their kids…So how do their beloved pets fit into the equation? Would any pet parent want to create a toxic environment that may endanger their animal’s life? Absolutely not! No parent would willingly harm his child. Perhaps, if more thought would be devoted to this topic, people would realize that smoking in the presence of pets, is stranding them way behind the pack!
Abe Lerner is a member of the pack at NutralifePet, a division of Nutralife Health Products, Inc., which has been selling high quality dietary supplements since 1996. NutralifePet, the manufacturer of Ultra Joint & Liver Support with SAM-e for dogs and cats, caters to the individual needs of each pet. NutralifePet…caring about animals, one pet at a time…