Electronic cigarettes, or “e-cigarettes,” are increasingly popular devices that simulate smoking. They are now commonly found in many households. Please be careful where they are placed and consumed. They can be very dangerous to your pets due to the liquid nicotine and other chemicals contained in them.
These products are often poorly labeled, and can contain dangerously high levels of nicotine and sometimes other substances such as diethylene glycol. The liquid form of nicotine is absorbed very quickly, and it can endanger pets in numerous body systems including the cardiovascular system, the gastrointestinal system, and the central nervous system.
Some possible effects of this ingestion include muscle weakness, salivation, excitation, diarrhea, slow respiration, and twitching. Contact your veterinarian if you suspect that your pets have chewed on or consumed these products, as extreme cases of ingestion can even cause death.
It critically important to keep these products away from your beloved four-legged family members.