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Dog owner warns that e-cigarettes are a serious danger to dogs after his puppy dies

Dogart_thumb By Ellen | February 20, 2014 | Comments (18)


A dog owner is warning fellow pet owners about the dangers of electronic cigarettes after his Staffordshire Terrier puppy accidentally ingested a bit of the liquid and died. Keith Sutton’s dog, Ivy, bit through a capsule of the e-cigarette refill liquid and within 30 seconds the poison took hold and a few hours later she was dead.

Keith had recently switched from conventional cigarettes to the e-cigarettes and had left the bottle on his dining room table. 14-month-old Ivy, who was a rescue dog, bit into the container and the nicotine liquid touched the roof of her mouth. Keith said, "I peered round the corner from the kitchen and the dog was on the floor with the bottle of e-liquid." He said that she began frothing at the mouth and vomiting within 30 seconds of ingesting the “tiniest amount” of liquid.

Her tongue and lips turned blue, she vomited and messed herself. He rushed her to an animal hospital but despite their best efforts she died a few hours later. Ivy is believed to be the first pet to die from the nicotine cartridges in the United Kingdom.

e-cigarette cartridges are dangerous to dogse-cigarettes (or electric cigarettes) are battery-powered cartridges filled with nicotine liquid that when heated creates an inhalable vapor. Manufacturers of the products say they are less dangerous than tobacco products and help smokers quit. The products have yet to be regulated in the United States or England, but based on Keith’s experience, the fluid poses a serious danger to pets.

Liquid nicotine not only contains nicotine it also contains chemicals such as propylene glycol and polyethylene glycol (can be used as antifreeze as well as many human-grade cosmetic products) which are mixed with vegetable glycerin and flavorings.

Dogs only need to ingest 10 milligrams per kilogram of their weight to be in danger. A vet told Western Daily Press that "The dog started to get a reaction after 30 seconds of piercing the bottle. The fluid is potentially fatal for dogs and they are perfectly capable of putting a tooth through the packaging."

Keith is heartbroken. A dog lover and grandfather, he is worried not only for the safety of pets but also for children. After his experience, Keith is calling for the fuel to become a controlled substance in the same way alcohol and medications are. 

"I'm never going to go near an electronic cigarette again," said Keith. "I saw that look of fear in my poor dog's face - I don't want to see that same look on a child's face."

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Comments on this Article

I'm sorry for the dog and the owner, and I do appreciate the owner warning others about this . I will put the word out to people who have e-cigs and pets and children that I know. Thank You.
M.R. We're beaten a dead horse here. FYI, I really don't care what you suck on. Like I said before Puff Away ! Glad it's you and not me. I will say this though...According to Baron whom is also in this conversation, E-cig juices have a warning label on them saying " Nicotine is a poisonous and addictive substance and that E-juice has not been evaluated by the FDA. You can scroll down and read that for yourself, this is not my personal opinion.......My personal opinion is Vapor to your hearts content I could really care less at this point.
FYI using nicotine is not and has never been considered "an addiction" by the DSM. This has only been 'promoted" as addiction by all you anti smoking anti nicotine extremists since you began lying to the public of toxicity from ETS. Which has been thoroughly discredited. The EPA report on ETS was a sham and was called "one of the shoddiest pieces of work the court has seen" my paraphrasing. If you believe the air we breathe is somehow clean then you may possibly live in a bubble. :) It is really quite stupid to ban vaping outdoors when you are surrounded by car, bus and trucks exhaust belching it's way into your lungs! Of course that is "clean air" yeah?
Jan stop putting your personal opinions in posts and claiming they are fact. There are no toxic components in any ecig products on the market. There is NO Diethylene Glycol in any ecig. Using ecigs is far more safe than smoking. WHO also did a study and said there was very little harm to bystanders from ETS so if you want to believe the WHO then why aren't they basing their recommendations on solid scientific facts? There have been 50 years of studies about inhaling pg and none of those found any harm or damage. You can find most of these studies by googling but if you can't use google here is a site where most can be found. http://www.davehitt.com/facts/index.html http://jnci.oxfordjournals.org/content/90/19/1440.full.pdf
LOL dumbfu*kery . Puff away !
@Jan - Your talents of dumbfu*kery are unmached by any mortal!
I'm sorry Beth, but the truth is anything burned, if inhaled is/or can be harmful to varying degrees depending on the chemical composition, and not just what is being burned but also the container it is being burned in. There have been some toxic chemicals found in e-cigs. Propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin are two common additives in products such as food and cosmetics, but no one knows the long term effect of inhaling them. Coarse this is just my MISINFORMED OPIONION here. The World Health Organization is saying that until e-cigarettes have been endorsed as safe and effective by national regulations, consumers should be strongly advised not to use any of these products. They haven't done enough research on it to know what it's going to do to people, and people are getting hooked on this stuff. And to be honest, my ignorant misinformed opinion is no better than your ignorant misinformed opinion, you know as much about it as I do. We will just have to wait and see what the long term effects of e-cigs are , oh, and thank you for my congratulations on quitting smoking cold turkey. I still say if I can do it anybody can, you just have to want to.....that's all it takes (and it helps to look at a set of lungs that has smoked for 25 years). Look that up on the www.
I'm sorry, Jan, but you are seriously misinformed. The Diethylene Glycol was found in ONE study, FDA 2009, in which they obtained 18 samples from 2 companies, only 1 of the cartridges tested contained a trace amount, and no independent lab has been able to find it since. The nitrosamines found are equal to those found in the patch. To say "as a matter of fact they are as bad for you as regular cigarettes" -- no, it is a matter of your uninformed OPINION, which is not fact. Regular cigarettes contain over 7,000 chemicals when they are lit. There are 4-5 ingredients in an ecig: propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, nicotine, flavoring (the kind used for candy or food), and water. Those flavors enable users to KEEP from smoking the nasty stuff. People taper their nicotine use off gradually. Congratulations on going cold turkey, but if it worked for everyone, there wouldn't be people still smoking. To say that it's just as bad is simple ignorance.
M.R. Coleman-Dion.... I say, right back at you...Shame on you. You haven't done your homework or you would know that with these e-cigs you ARE trading one bad habit for another, as a matter of fact they are as bad for you as regular cigarettes, if not worse. E-cigs contain components known as Diethylene Glycol which is toxic to humans and causes health worries on inhalation. E-cigs also contain cancer causing compounds like nitrtrosamines. With all these great flavors they offer, this entices smokers to smoke instead of curb it. Nicotine flavorings and many other harmful chemicals are used that could have cancerous effects on the body. Nicotine causes heart aliments. I'm not denigrating anyone. I'm simply saying have some will power and stop killing yourself with this sh*t. It takes no will power to trade one bad unhealthy habit for another. We have enough toxins in this world without us inhaling it in our lungs every chance we get. Look it up your self and see how bad this crap is. I threw cigarettes away, cold turkey. If I can do it anybody can do it. Simple as that.
And Ethylene glycol is the toxic solvent that was found in older antifreeze
E-cigs help people! I was a smoker for over 20 years & couldnt kick the habit. Switching to a vaporizer changed my health & my life! I can breathe again. The only similarity between this & smoking is the nicotine-PERIOD There is no tobacco, no tar, no smoke & it doesnt contain all the added chemicals that they say are in cigarettes. NO they are not marketed to kids.....adults like flavor too! Ive always had animals & just like regular cigarettes or medication-you keep the liquid up & away from them
Propylene glycol is considered generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and it is used as an humectant (E1520), solvent, and preservative in food and for tobacco products, as well as being one of the major ingredients of the "e-liquid" used in electronic cigarettes along with vegetable glycerin. It is also used in pharmaceutical and personal care products.[4] Propylene glycol is a solvent in many pharmaceuticals, including oral, injectable and topical formulations, such as for diazepam and lorazepam that are insoluble in water, use propylene glycol as a solvent in their clinical, injectable forms.[7]
Ecigs do have flavors that appeal to anyone who has taste buds as do alcohol and drinks however there is no evidence that they are now or have ever been advertised to "appeal to kids with such tantalizing flavors". Nicotine gums also come in tantalizing flavors such as fruit chill but I never hear anyone make the same connection with the gums. It is very unfortunate that you were negligent and left your juices out for your pup to ingest but it does state on the label that nicotine is toxic and may be harmful to pets and children if ingested. There is no way a single cartridge poisoned a 14 month old Staff who may have weighed as much as 40-70 lbs. It had to be a substantial amount of juice in my opinion. My dog found a very small 10ml bottle of juice that had rolled under the couch and she also bit into the bottle but she (a Weim who weighed 60 lbs) had very little to any reaction. Yes it is totally my fault for not noticing that it dropped but thankfully she wasn't poisoned. @ Jan using ecigs as an alternative to quit smoking does take willpower. They work very well for hundreds of thousands of people. Whatever you use to get off of tobacco is a good thing! You are not "trading one bad habit for another bad habit" Ecigs are a far safer alternative to smoking. Shame on you for denigrating people who have given up tobacco.
Why don't you guys just throw that sh*t away and just stop smoking altogether. Then you won't have to worry about poisoning anybody or anything. You are trading one bad habit for another bad habit. 25 years ago I smoked 2 and a half packs a day, sometimes 2 cigarettes at a time and I stopped. If I can do it anybody can. Really people don't you have any will power at all ?
I am sorry about the loss of the pet, but the pet owner was completely irresponsible leaving the e-liquid out. Does the owner frequently leave medicines for pets and children to consume by chance? Even on nicotine patch labels it says to DISCARD as it is poisonous to pets. I have both pets and children, and keep my liquids stored in a locked container. Also, the active ingredient in older antifreeze is Ethylene Glycol. Propylene Glycol is in newer antifreeze because it is less toxic. It can also be found as the #1 or #2 ingredient in most flavoring extracts, found in toothpaste, mouthwash, shampoo.
polyethylene??? REALLY?? I am a long term vaper.. and mix my own liquids... polyethylene is not used in any form at ALL... Please do your research.... and it would help if he was buying QUALITY products not some cheap stuff neither.. the local UK supplier that I and a number of other "vapers" use, all carry LARGE print warning labels and information.... you buy cheap you get cheap!!! Also do you research on this story as it seems that the dog ingested more that was originally reported and also it was through negligence that the poor dog got a hold of it... I really feel for this poor animal and I am an animal lover myself... but due to someone else's negligence the whole e-cigarette community is having information fabricated against it by the media at a very important time, and its looking like it could wipe out a lot of hard work that been put in already..
I've never even heard of these things before. I'm sorry for your loss of little Ivy. It must have been heart wrenching to go through. I tend to agree with you that this product could be a real danger to kids if it is marketed with such tantalizing flavors. Perhaps some thought should also be put into tougher packaging. Thanks for letting us know about this. I had no idea that this product even existed.
I love animals but this looks like dog owner fault. E-cig juices have a warning label about this on them. WARNING: E-Liquid may contain nicotine. Nicotine is a poisonous and addictive substance. Product may be poisonous if orally ingested. E-cigarettes are not a smoking cessation product and has not been tested or guaranteed as such. E-Liquid has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and it is not intended to treat, prevent or cure any disease or condition. Keep out of reach of children and pets. E-cigarette products are intended only for smokers of legal age. These products are not recommended for non-smokers, children, pregnant women, or people with high blood pressure or asthma. If you experience any side effects you should discontinue use immediately.FlavorVaporsLV eJuice should be kept in a secure location that is inaccessible to children and pets at all times. FlavorVaporsLV eJuice and eLiquid may contain "nicotine" which can be poisonous or lethal if ingested or inhaled in large amounts. Moreover, please note also that small amounts of nicotine can be poisonous or lethal if ingested by children or pets. If such unintended ingestion occurs, especially by children or pets, please contact your local poison control center or seek medical attention immediately. We appreciate your business and your responsibility in this matter. Thank you and happy vaping!
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