Research on the safety of vaping is ongoing. Some think of vaping as a safer alternative to cigarettes, as cigarettes have toxins that vape juice does not. However, many vape mixtures contain liquid nicotine, which is especially dangerous for animals. Dogs or cats may consume cigarettes, cigarette butts, nicotine patches, or parts of e-cigarettes (for example, refill canister, the device itself or nicotine refill liquid). Regular cartridges can contain nicotine levels equivalent to 2 – 3 cigarettes and concentrated refill cartridges contain 10 times as much nicotine.
Understanding the Risks
The risks of vaping around dogs and cats is a twofold issue. The first potential danger is secondhand inhalation of the vapor. The second and more fatal risk is ingesting the nicotine or even the vape pens themselves. The scents and flavors of the liquid may be attractive to pets, increasing their risk of ingestion.
Common Signs of Nicotine Poisoning
• Increased heart rate
• Coma and even death
How to Prevent Nicotine Poisoning?
The answer is simple: keep e-cigarettes and refills items away from pets. Store e-cigarettes and refills out of your pet’s reach at all times.
If you know or suspect that your pet has ingested nicotine, seek immediate veterinary care. Contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 1-888-426-4435.