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Dear Daisy Dog

Please settle a marital dispute. When my husband walks our dog, he allows her to scavenge and eat cigarette butts. I think that’s disgusting and dangerous. Who is right?

Daisy Responds

Your question gives new meaning to the term pet therapist.

I have been known to graze on grass when Mom takes me for walks, but I am too much of a lady to even think about ingesting cigarette butts.

Smoking cigarettes is bad enough, but eating discarded butts? Forgive me, but your dog has no class.

A single cigarette butt contains five to seven milligrams of nicotine, 25 percent of a cigarette’s total. The lethal dose is 4.5 milligrams per pound of the dog’s body weight.

After dogs ingest nicotine, signs of toxicity develop quickly. Dogs become agitated, breathe fast, drool, twitch and sometimes develop vomiting and diarrhea.

At higher nicotine doses, dogs become weak and lethargic. Cardiac arrest, respiratory paralysis and death can occur.
So tell your husband he can pick up the butts in his pooper scooper bag, but your dog must not eat them.

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