Exposure to secondhand smoke puts pets' lives at risk much as it threatens children, according to veterinary oncologist Heather Wilson-Robles, who recommends ways smokers can help protect pets. Dr. Wilson-Robles says quitting is the best remedy, but owners can also consider smoking outside, washing their hands and possibly changing clothes after smoking. Animal exposure occurs through inhalation and direct contact, as smoke and tar accumulate on pets' fur. Cats, who regularly groom their coats, are of particular concern because they can ingest the toxins while doing so.
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