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North Country SPCA

Are you a smoker who has been considering quitting? Recent research shows that not only will you and your human family members benefit from this decsision, but your furry friends will thank you as well. Accodring to a report on USA Today by Sharon L. Peters, growing evidence suggests that secondhand smoke is just as damaging to your pets' health as it is to other people around you. Studies have shown that toxins in secondhand smoke can cause lung and nasal cancer in dogs and malignant lymphoma in cats. It may also worsen pre-existing respiratory conditions, such as asthma. A 2009 study showed that 48% of pet owners were also smokers or were living with smokers, and that 37% of these would be motivated to quit smoking if presented with clear evidence of harm to their pets. Those big brown eyes staring up at you may be the perfect reason to think twice about that next cigarette... and making a commitment to changes that will benefit everyone in your home.

Our featured pet today is Bella, a Labrador Retriever/Golden Retriever mix. This pretty lady has the glossiest black coat and such a sweet face, you will not be able to resist her doggy smile. Bella has spent the majority of her life tied outside as her owner did not have time to spend with her. She needs a lot of attention and some basic training so that she can be her best. Like most Labs, she is an intelligent young lady and eager to learn. If you have the time and energy to spend with her, you will be rewarded with a wonderful companion. She would love to go for a walk with for you and get to know you better. Why not stop by the NCPCA in Westport today and meet her? You'll be glad you did.

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