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Dog’s smokers’ cough cured after owner quits habit
Kathleen and Rooney
Rooney with his owner Kathleen Dove.

PDSA urges owners to stop smoking for the sake of their pets

A dog who developed a smokers cough is now almost completely cured after his owner quit smoking.

PDSA vets warned Kathleen Dove last summer that her smoking could be contributing to the persistent cough her Jack Russell terrier cross, Rooney (11), was suffering from.

The 68-year-old, who had smoked up to 20 cigarettes a day from the age of 15, quit immediately and says it made a huge difference to Rooney’s life.

“I always tried not to smoke around him,” she said. “But the vets told me that my habit could still have been affecting him and making his cough worse.

“I haven’t looked back since and I’m so glad I did it because the difference in Rooney is amazing. His cough is almost non-existent now and he seems much better.”

Today marks National No Smoking Day - a campaign led by the British Heart Foundation to help people who want to quit.

By sharing Kathleen’s story, the PDSA hopes to encourage more owners to give up for the sake of their pet’s health.


“Prolonged exposure to smoking can cause chronic breathing difficulties or cancer in pets as well as people,” said PDSA vet Vicki Larkham-Jones.

“Thanks to funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery we’re spending more time with clients, like Kathleen, who smoke and encouraging them to think about their four-legged-friends before they light up.

“If people feel they can’t stop smoking or don’t wish to, then we would urge them to consider going outside to smoke. Then their pet isn’t forced to breathe in the harmful toxins.”

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Applications open for pets in housing research funding scheme

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 The Society for Companion Animal Studies (SCAS) has announced that applications are now open for the second round of its three-year funding scheme to support research into the human-animal bond.

This year SCAS is looking for research that focuses on the issues surrounding pets in housing, particularly projects looking at:

- the impact of current, or historic, pet related housing legislation
- an assessment of incident, type and cost of damage caused by pets in housing
- the views of landlords, care institution or housing association staff, in relation to pets and housing
- stakeholder perceptions of pets and housing insurance schemes.

There are eight funding grants available, awarding between £1,500 and £10,000. Applications close on 30 April 2021.

More information can be found on the SCAS website. 

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