Vaping and Pets: Keeping them safe
When it comes to vaping and safety, a lot of people are not just concerned with human safety. For some, pets are just as integral and just as much a part of the family as any other human. But is vaping dangerous around animals? Should you vape around your dog or cat, or could this possibly do harm to your favorite, fur-covered friend?
Animals are smaller, and as such, they have smaller lungs. Could this possibly make vaping any more dangerous around them?
Here’s what you need to know.
In an article published on petmd.com, a veterinarian had this to say about E-cig vapor and pets.
“Although lingering plumes of toxin-filled smoke are not produced from electronic cigarettes, there are still concerns that the vapor exhaled during vaping contains enough harmful substances to negatively affect the health of people and pets in close proximity to the “vaper.””
Granted, everyone pretty much agrees that E-cigs are much, much safer than cigarettes – but that doesn’t mean that the vapor doesn’t still contain some toxins and chemicals that could, in theory, affect the body negatively.
But it is also difficult to tell if the negative effects (if any) that may be caused by vaping are really a danger. Do they do enough damage to people or animals to really warrant concern? Is vaping really any worse than standing outside in a polluted city? Is it worse for your body than drinking a sugar-filled soda? Is it as bad for your body as consuming a greasy fast-food burger and fries?
These are all questions that are yet to be answered – but thus-far, evidence for serious negatives from vaping, in a general health sense, is somewhat lacking.
The real danger: the E-liquid
When it comes to pets, there is little question as to what the real danger is. The E-liquid, which can contain high levels of nicotine, can be toxic in even small amounts. When vaping, you absorb only trace amounts of the chemical – but if some of the E-liquid were to be ingested, the dosage could quickly surpass the fatal threshold – especially for smaller pets, like dogs and cats.
To prevent such an event from occurring, it is best to keep E-liquids, cartridges, and/or anything else containing nicotine put away and out of reach of both children and pets.
It wouldn’t take much for a small dog to get nicotine poisoning. Even if they managed to puncture a small cartridge without eating the entire thing, they could still absorb enough of the dangerous toxin to reach fatal levels very quickly.
How to protect your pets
There isn’t really enough evidence out there to say for sure that vaping around your pets is dangerous. But still, if you would rather remain on the safe side of that line, the best way to protect your pets is to avoid vaping in close proximity to them.
But even more importantly, make sure that you keep your e-cig, E-liquids, extra cartridges, or any other sources of nicotine up and out of reach. Keep these types of things locked away, where there is no possible way for pets or children to get their hands (or paws) on them.
This is certainly the primary danger for pets when it comes to vaping.
Many E-liquid containers are now shipping with child-proof lids, but keep in mind that such lids might not stop cats and dogs. These animals have sharp teeth, and can easily chew child-proof safety lids right off of the container.
Glass containers might help to prevent some accidents, as they would keep pets from being able to chew through the bottle itself – but the lid could still become compromised. At this point, there really isn’t a container that is ‘pet proof’, so it is imperative that you, as a safe and responsible vaper, keep your E-liquids locked away and out of reach.