One little known but very real danger to Pit Bulls is second hand smoke. We know that second hand smoke has been proven to cause cancer and many other health problems among people, there is now research being done to see how it affects household pets. So far there have been some instances where animals exposed to second hand smoke have higher risk factors for developing cancer and many other diseases.
These studies so far have shown links to second hand smoke and nasal cancer and lung cancer in dogs. The longer you expose your Pit Bull to second hand smoke, the more you are putting his health at risk. As a Pit Bull owner myself, I feel as though even a small risk is too much when it comes to his health. As loving and responsible Pit Bull owners it is up to us to protect them from every possible danger we can, so why take unnecessary risks.
It is important to have your Pit Bull regularly examined by his veterinarian, and if he has been exposed to second hand smoke, you should advise your veterinarian of this as soon as possible. In many cases being diagnosed early can save your Pit Bull’s life, not just with cancer, but with all kinds of other diseases as well. You should ensure your Pit Bull has regular preventative care appointments with his veterinarian so you can catch any potential problems early and treat them before they compromise your Pit Bull’s health.
If the love if your Pitt Bull is not enough to stop you from exposing him to second hand smoke, just think of the costs of treating him, if he were to develop cancer or sickness from exposure. Most cancers, not all, are treatable if diagnosed early, but the treatment for dogs that have cancer is much the same as that for humans. You would be looking at possible surgery, and tons of chemotherapy or radiation, which over time is sure to amount in large veterinary bills. Even with treatment, there is no guarantee of a cure. You may very well being exposing your Pit Bull to something that could very easily kill him. Scary thought, isn’t it?
So the next time you light up around your Pit Bull, ask yourself is it worth possibly losing his life? If you must smoke, go to an area away from him, and try not to let other people smoke in his vicinity either. You are responsible for your Pit Bull’s safety, so why take useless chances with him?