SUNDAY, Jan. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Secondhand smoke not only harms people, it also poses a danger to dogs, cats and other pets, a veterinarian warns.
“If 58 million non-smoking adults and children are exposed to tobacco smoke, imagine how many pets are exposed at the same time,” said Dr. Carmela Stamper, who’s with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Owning pets reaps immense health benefits, including lowered hypertension, stress relief and reduction in anxiety. Research has proven that owners of pet dogs invariably take to the outdoors when they walk the dog and this doubles up as exercise for them. Dogs are known to be loyal and earlier reports have shown that they can help their owners in distress.
You Should Be Super Careful If You Have One In Your Home
If you’re a cat owner, then you only want the best for your furry friend (even if they’re not always ~the most~ adept at reciprocating the feeling). There are plenty of things you do on a day-to-day basis to keep your cat safe, but some of the risks posed to cats are subtler than others. For instance, you may not have known that there is a very specific reason why salt lamps are bad for cats, and any cat owners should be very cautious before bringing them into a home where a cat is present.
Be nice – or your dog may judge you. Both pets and monkeys show a preference for people who help others, and this might explain the origins of our sense of morality.
Studies involving babies have previously shown that by the age of one, humans are already starting to judge people by how they interact. This has led to suggestions that children have a kind of innate morality that predates their being taught how to behave.