How bad are e-cigarettes to your pets?
Several studies have long established the adverse effects that nicotine has to the human body. It leads to a string of serious health issues and addiction. The nicotine in cigarettes is also hazardous even to those who have not touched a cigar in their whole lives, through secondhand smoke.
Then came the e-cigarette, e-cigar for short, or vape for even shorter; and it resembled traditional cigars, except that it is battery-operated, atomizes liquid that contains nicotine into vapor, and came in an array of flavors and scents.
Before e-cigarette, cats get nicotine poisoning from chewing and ingesting discarded cigarette butts.
Since e-cigarettes don’t have butts, this solves the nicotine poisoning problem, right? No, not really; no, not at all.
Because of the alluring scents, with some smelling like food, of the liquid nicotine, cats and dogs get attracted to them and end up ingesting the cartridge or part of the cartridge that the liquid came in. These cartridges pack nicotine twice the amount found in traditional cigarettes. When pets ingest too much nicotine, their systems pretty much go haywire.
Within 15-60 minutes after ingestion, pets start vomiting, diarrhea, agitation, palpitation, seizures, agitation, tremors, increased heart rate, depression, and cardiac arrest.
Cats are actually more vulnerable to e-cigarette poisoning. Propylene Glycol in the vapor can result in “Heinz body”. This condition damages red blood cells, with symptoms including fever, pale lips, loss of appetite, and reddish-brown urine.
If you see these symptoms in your cat, it is best to rush him or her to the vet. Remember to keep your e-cigarette vapor away from your pets.
Also, if you would smoke, it is advisable to do it where the pets are not around. Inhaling the vapor isn’t as bad as ingesting it, but it would still damage their lungs in the long run.