Vets have joined Sheffield, Rotherham and Doncaster councils in a campaign to persuade owners not to smoke near their pets.

Pets are at even greater risk from owners smoking around them than humans, according to research by the University of Glasgow. Image:

The campaign urges smokers to keep their homes smoke-free to help keep pets fit and well.

According to research by the University of Glasgow, pets are at even greater risk from owners smoking around them than humans because they spend more time in the home and are usually closer to carpets, where cancer-causing particles can linger.

All pets at risk

The research showed animals exposed to second hand smoke went on to develop a host of health problems, including cancer, cell damage and weight gain.

Cats are particularly at risk from second hand smoke, potentially due to extensive self-grooming, but all pets can be affected.

Doncaster’s cabinet member for public health and well-being councillor Pat Knight said: “Many people are already aware of the risks of second hand smoke when it comes to babies and young children, while pet owners are often surprised animals can be harmed too.”

Veterinary support

Vet Phil Tricklebank of Hallam Veterinary Centre in Sheffield is one of the vets supporting the campaign.

He said: “I have seen many cases of chronic bronchitis in dogs and feline asthma in cats, which can often be aggravated by exposure to second hand smoke. I would urge all animal lovers not to smoke around their pets.”

As part of a wider campaign to combat the harmful effects of second hand smoke, the South Yorkshire public is being urged to sign a pledge to make their homes and cars smoke-free at

View your activity >

Leave a Reply

Be the First to Comment!

Notify of


related content

A vet whose research established diabetes mellitus (DM) in one-in-four UK cats is caused by a pituitary gland tumour has begun a collaboration with human medical experts that has potentially “huge” health implications.

5 mins

Marge Chandler looks at the factors impacting on canine and feline weight gain to help equip VNs with the information they need in battling the pet bulge.

26 mins

Britain’s largest pet insurance firm is reviewing the registration process for its breeder scheme following allegations in a Sunday newspaper.

5 mins

Jane Davidson outlines why, if you're a training practice committed to CPD, you need updated contracts in place, so all parties know what they're undertaking – including the financial costs and timescales.

9 mins

NexGard Spectra is now the only product that prevents lungworm and kills ticks.

3 mins

A leading canine charity is appealing for volunteers to act as temporary "foster carers" to help pets caught in the middle of their owners’ abusive relationships.

3 mins