Should you vape around your pets?
You know how we are with our pets. They’re like our children and we’re overprotective sometimes. Unfortunately, e-liquid is extremely toxic to them. We’re not referring to those illicit products making rounds in the news lately, we’re talking here about properly concocted vape juice. Yes, that one is also toxic for Fido.
The existing literature regarding this alludes more to the responsibility of the vaper, and I most definitely concur. The only caveat is, sometimes, dogs can be sneaky, or bite on something before we even realize. One of the things they could grab is a bottle of e-liquid or a cartridge, or simply lick a small puddle off the ground. By the time we realize this, it may be too late in some cases.
Liquid nicotine, in particular, is what causes the problem. According to PetMD, “e-cigarettes […] usually contain liquid nicotine, which is poisonous to pets, says Dr. Tina Wismer, medical director of the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center. In recent years, the ASPCA’s poison control center has seen a decrease in the number of reports of pets getting sick from ingesting tobacco cigarettes while incidents involving e-cigarettes have been on the rise.”
There are a few simple things you can do to prevent harming your best friend, for example, keeping your vaping paraphernalia out from their reach. Especially if you have a cat, you must be extra careful, as they love to climb onto places they shouldn’t and meddle with stuff. Also, don’t let your dog or cat lick your vaping device, whether it’s a JUUL, or a mechanical mod, or a pod system.
Other solutions include locking everything in a cabinet or keeping everything in a separate room that no pet can access. This includes chargers as well. Also, be mindful of making leaky messes when refilling. Sometimes a single drop can cause complications.
There is some contention regarding the exhaling of vapor near your pets. Some publications say it’s safe to do so, and others don’t recommend it at all. As a paranoid owner myself, I’d say vape away from their furry faces. All of this may sound like fearmongering crazy talk but according to Dr. Charlotte Flint, senior consulting veterinarian with the Pet Poison Helpline, there have been over 80 cases each year of pets consuming e-liquid.
Symptoms include vomiting, dizziness, appearing agitated, drooling, and diarrhea. If you notice any of these, you should be on your way to the nearest animal hospital. The smaller the pet, the less nicotine they will be able to handle.
Not just e-liquids but also batteries have caused pets to be rushed into animal hospitals. Irresponsible vapers who leave their paraphernalia out in the open within the pet’s reach can prevent this by locking away everything. The same thing anyone would do around children.
It is recommended to rush your pet to the vet as soon as you notice any signs of nicotine consumption because there is no time to waste. But if your situation calls for it, there are two places you can reach out to if you’re concerned:
Animal Poison Control Line Live Q&A 24/7 at JustAnswer
Animal Poison Control (ASPCA.org) – (888) 426-4435