Many people use electronic cigarettes as a replacement for smoking and although the reason behind using the device is to improve human health, e-cigarettes can be fatal if consumed.
A dog in Cumbria has died from eating an e-cigarette. It's thought to be the first case of this kind in Cumbria.
Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs, can contain sufficient quantities of nicotine, enough to kill a small animal.
Nicotine poisoning acts very quickly and can be fatal. Laura Mckirdy examined the dog that died of nicotine poisoning:
Symptoms of a nicotine overdose:
- Unable to walk / co-ordinate legs
- Hypo-aesthetic - overreacting to light, touch, and sound
- Dilated pupils
- Slow heartbeat
- Low temperature
- Salivating, vomiting , diarrhoea
- Collapsed / lethargic after a few hours
What to do:
- Store e-cigarettes and refill equipment safely out of reach of children and pets
- Contact a vet for treatment as quickly as possible if you suspect your pet has chewed or eaten an e-cigarette or any toxic substance
Though it's rare that incidents like this occur, more are being reported as e-cigarettes are becoming more widely used.
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