(Closed) Why would someone not let a smoker pet their dog?

posted 9 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
2006 posts
Buzzing bee

The only time I won’t let a smoker near my dog is when they have the cigarette lit in their hand. I’m insanely anti-smoking so I just chalk it up to one of my quirks 🙂

I’ll admit that lady was super wierd about the situation though, if you take your dog out in public you never know what you are going to run into. And, um, dogs are pretty darn durable anyways.

Post # 4
3165 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

LOL i don’t know! i get mad when people smoke at the dog park because if they leave butts then it’s bad for the dog to ingest, but i’ve never heard of the scent of tobacco being something to avoid. maybe the dog does have some strange allergy or she just doesn’t want her dog to smell like smoke but c’mon – dog parks make dogs smelly and dirty anyway! my border collie has lots of allergies, but i don’t think tobacco is one of them.

Post # 5
610 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Hmmm, that is a new one for me.  I would completely understand if someone had a cigarette in their hand.  Who knows, maybe the dog had some rare allergy *scratching head*.

Post # 6
403 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I, personally, wouldn’t want my pet smelling like smoke, but I’m not sure I’d tell someone not to pet him or her because of it. Maybe I would, but I doubt it. Especially not if I didn’t see the person with a cigarette in their hand in the last couple of minutes!

Post # 7
1756 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Medically, there have been reports of animals developing diseases that could be attributed to secondhand smoke (but not random contact with a smoker’s hand). And I suppose the owner could be ravingly sensitive to cigarettes, to the point where a smoker leaving residual scent on the dog’s fur would be irritating. Other than those (extremely dubious) explanations, I’ve got nothing.

Post # 8
435 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Seriously???  Maybe she wanted to punish a smoker by not allowing them the pleasure of petting her dog…haha

Post # 10
7081 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

Third hand smoke is getting tons of press these days, so maybe it was less about health effects to the puppy from second hand smoke and more about third hand smoke effects on her… other than that, I’ve got nothing!

Post # 11
2867 posts
Sugar bee

One of my cats has sever asthma.  We have neighbors that smoke and my vet was displeased and pretty much lectured me about how to keep my cat away from smoke (because she could have an attack).  However, I don’t know how a touch could hurt the animal–unless the animal licks itself but still.

Post # 12
484 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

hahahah I love dog parks… every time I go its on crazy story after another… Who knows why this lazy is crazy but thanks for sharing!

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