If you smoke, you could be killing your pet

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If You Smoke, You Could Be Killing Your Pet

Researchers found animals living in smoking environments have a higher risk of health problems.

Studies show pets exposed to secondhand smoke are more prone to certain cancers, cell damage and weight gain.

They also found when it comes to cats and dogs, the two aren't created equally. Canines are more likely to bulk up and show signs of some specific dog cancers. Cats, on the other hand, were shown to have an overall worse reaction when their owners light up. Scientists think it's because felines spend so much time self-grooming, they're ingesting more toxins. A diet of cat food and carcinogens doesn't sound too appetizing.

When pet owners reduced their cigarette usage to less than ten sticks a day, scientists saw a dramatic change in their pets' health. Nicotine levels dropped, which is great, but they were still higher than those in animals from non-smoking homes.

The difference is our four-legged friends in smoking houses spend their time indoors close to rugs and carpets where harmful substances from cigarettes end up.

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This Dec. 5, 2015 photo shows an 8-year old Chihuahua named Coco out in the winter cold in his new Christmas sweater in Los Angeles. Ugly sweaters arent just a Christmas tradition for people. Cats, dogs and even guinea pigs are joining the party. Television ushered the ugly sweater in and out in the 1980s. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
In this Dec. 9, 2015 photo, Catie Savage's cat Ziggy, wearing his ugly Christmas sweater, stares at the Christmas tree in her apartment in New York. Ugly sweaters arenât just a Christmas tradition for people. Cats, dogs and even guinea pigs are joining the party. (Catie Savage via AP)
This 2014 photo provided by Aimee Beltran shows her Chihuahua Chuy decked out in an ugly Christmas sweater at her home in Virginia Beach, Va. Ugly sweaters aren’t just a Christmas tradition for people. Cats, dogs and even guinea pigs are joining the party. (Aimee Beltran via AP)
This 2014 photo provided by Aimee Beltran shows her Chihuahua Chuy decked out in an ugly Christmas sweater at her home in Virginia Beach, Va. Ugly sweaters aren’t just a Christmas tradition for people. Cats, dogs and even guinea pigs are joining the party. (Aimee Beltran via AP)
In this Dec. 9, 2015 photo, Catie Savage's cats Lambchop, below, and Ziggy are both dressed in their finest ugly Christmas sweaters in her apartment in New York. Ugly sweaters aren’t just a Christmas tradition for people. Cats, dogs and even guinea pigs are joining the party. (Catie Savage via AP)
In this Dec. 9, 2015 photo, Catie Savage holds her cat Lambchop while Ziggy looks on, both dressed in their finest ugly Christmas sweaters, in her apartment in New York. Ugly sweaters aren’t just a Christmas tradition for people. Cats, dogs and even guinea pigs are joining the party. (Rowelle Coxen via AP)
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