Safe Vaping Practices around Your Pets
The United States Food and Drug Administration has drawn a line in the sand when it comes to warning parents about keeping their vapor products out of the hands of children, and rightly so. However, there has been very little information made available about the effects of vaping on our furry friends.
In an effort to educate consumers and improve vaping safety, this guide will help you keep all of your pets safe from any unintended injuries caused by vapor products.
Is Vaping Harmful to Pets?
For the most part, you won’t have to worry too much about actually vaping in the presence of your pets. Unless your pet has an unusual allergy to the flavor you are using, it is unlikely that they will experience any negative effects related to your vaping habit. However, it is important to note that cats are more sensitive to propylene glycol than other animals, so many cat owners choose to vape high-VG liquids just to be on the safe side.
What Are the Risks Associated with Vaping Around Pets?
The truth is that it’s not the act of vaping that is really harmful to pets. Rather, it is the ingestion of e-liquids that cause the vast majority of pet-related problems for vapers. The most significant risk is that your e-liquid contains highly concentrated nicotine, which is poisonous to animals. Veterinarians often have to treat animals that have eaten cigarette butts and ingested the residual nicotine.
When it comes to e-liquids, the risk of poisoning is higher because there is more nicotine in a small bottle than in a cigarette butt and because it is very easy for an animal to consume e-liquid in just a few seconds. Even a closed bottle can pose a risk to curious pets that enjoy chewing on the soft rubber droppers.
In addition to the risk of nicotine poisoning, you should also be aware of the risks associated with cats consuming propylene glycol. Again, this is about what happens if your cat were to drink e-liquid, rather than the risk of them being exposed to PG in vapor form. You are unlikely to see any immediate effects of PG ingestion, but it is possible that PG can cause cats to become anemic and that will have long-term health implications for your pet.
Finally, another risk of vaping around pets is posed by the batteries in devices. While it is unlikely that your pet would cause your battery to explode, it is not uncommon for dogs and cats to chew on charging cables. You should stop using any charger that has been damaged and make sure that you are charging your batteries in a safe space where your animals cannot get to them.
Nicotine Poisoning Symptoms
There are a number of symptoms of nicotine poisoning in pets. First and foremost, the nicotine will likely cause your pet to vomit and become lethargic. They may also seem disoriented, and their heart rate will slow down. You may notice that they are trembling or having seizures, or that they suddenly experience nosebleeds and bruising.
Any combination of these symptoms should be cause for concern and you should seek veterinary assistance as soon as possible if you suspect that your pet has been exposed to nicotine poisoning.
Vape Pen Safety
Naturally, the best way to keep pets safe while you vape is to keep all of your vaping gear properly put away. As mentioned above, leaving out e-liquid bottles is the most dangerous thing you can do for your pets. Pets seem to be drawn to the dropper tips because they are interesting to chew on. Unfortunately once they chew through the dropper, they have full access to the liquid inside.
Keeping your liquids stored inside of a cabinet is the best possible solution to this problem as it will prevent both nicotine poisoning and exposure to PG for cats. You should also be sure that you are putting your charger and cables in a safe and secure location.
It is also important that you have contact information for a local emergency veterinary service in case your pets do break into your e-liquid stash. The faster you call a veterinarian, the more likely it is that they can stabilize your pet and help them recover.
Ultimately, it is not the act of vaping that is unsafe for pets, but the products used. Vaping around pets can be perfectly safe as long as you are taking precautions to keep your pets from getting into your e-liquids. You should plan on having a completely secured cabinet or other space to keep your liquids and spare batteries for the highest level of safety.
Find More Information
You can learn more about the effects of nicotine poisoning on pets by speaking with your local veterinary professional about what to look for.