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The survey was carried out to explore pet owners’ knowledge, opinions, and practices regarding nicotine toxicity or secondhand smoke (SHS), and to compare the differences between knowledge and opinions between pet owners who are non-smokers and who are currently smokers. Seven hundred and forty-two participants were recruited in the study. Among these, only 11.5% were smokers with the mean knowledge score at approximately 1.86 out of 13. Interestingly, around 90.1% never realized about the harmfulness of this substance. They suggested that veterinarians should play an important role on being a model to quit smoking and provide information of this harzardous compound. Moreover, most of the owners would try reducing tobacco used while living near pets and/or start quitting smoking. Although the low knowledge score, pet owner still brought their pets to animal hospital in suspected cases. This information supported that the veterinarian-pet owner relationship is important in order to reduce risk of the nicotine and SHS toxicity. Further studies are needed to investigate other related environmental factors in associated with this issue.
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