Veterinarians are warning pet owners to keep e-cigarettes away from their pets. The product, which has gained popularity in recent years and is marketed as a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes, vaporizes liquid nicotine. The nicotine is often flavored, which may make it more attractive to dogs. It’s also concentrated, which means that ingesting a small amount can cause major complications for your pet. The symptoms include vomiting, seizures, increased heart rate, and even death.
Pet owners should keep e-cigarettes out of reach from pets at all times. If your pet does ingest liquid nicotine, contact your veterinarian immediately and be prepared for an emergency visit. “Time is important,” says Dr. Keith Manning, veterinarian at Long Island City Veterinary Center in Long Island City, NY. “If an animal has ingested it and doesn’t seek immediate attention, there is a potential for it to be fatal.”