The second-hand effects of smoking on pets has been well documented. Like in people, exposure to second-hand smoke increases the risk of cancer and introduces tar and other harmful particulates into their lungs. Vaping has fortunately eliminated these risks since e liquids don’t contain tar or the many other carcinogens contained in natural tobacco smoke. In this regard, it’s much safer to vape around your pets than it is to smoke. However, vaping isn’t entirely without risk, and vapers need to be aware of these to make sure that their little friends are safe.
1. Store E-liquids Safely
While vapor doesn’t contain many of the toxic elements that tobacco smoke does, nicotine poisoning is a real concern for pets. Vaping around your pets won’t expose them to significant quantities of nicotine, but e-liquids are nicotine-dense and easily ingestible liquids, and an improperly sealed container presents a serious risk for animals, even for relatively large dogs. For a small animal like a hamster, even one milliliter a be deadly. Of course, this is a risk that can easily be managed. Simply make sure that all your e-liquids are kept out of reach of any pets. It’s also important to learn to recognize the signs of nicotine poisoning in pets, which may include tremors, vomiting, loss of appetite, and a lack of coordination.
2. Watch out for Potential Allergies
Inhaling vapor is a great way to consume nicotine and get a full flavor experience because it reaches all throughout our taste and smell organs and along all our oral mucous membranes. That gives us an optimal experience, but it also means that any allergens are equally broadly distributed along our pets’ airways.
Both people and pets can be allergic to almost anything, and flavor formulations can contain a lot of different ingredients that your pet has never been exposed to before. As a responsible vaper and pet owner, it’s important to watch your pets for any negative reactions such as wheezing, coughing, or skin reactions.
3. Keep Devices and Batteries Stored Safely
Vaporizers run on lithium-ion batteries, which carry a small risk of catastrophic failure, especially as they get older. Battery failure can result in an explosion that might directly harm pets, but worse, can also cause dangerous fires. Because of this, it’s a good idea to charge vaporizers and other lithium-ion powered devices, such as your cell phone, in a separate room, resting on a non-flammable surface. This ensures that pets can’t reach them and that a battery explosion won’t spark a larger fire that could harm pets.
Regarding your pets’ health, vaping is a vast improvement over traditional methods of nicotine consumption. By simply storing your devices and e-liquids safely, and watching for any rare reactions, you can protect your little friends from any negative effects that vaping could have on them.