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Second Hand Vapor in Dogs Clinical Study

Published on February 6, 2017 for the Companion Animal Clinic

We are currently looking for participants. If you are interested, please contact James (Jordan) Kline.

Clinical research studies are at the heart of all medical advances. These studies look at new ways to understand, prevent, detect and treat diseases in people and pets. The participation of volunteers is essential to help us find these answers. If you are interested in participating in other research studies that involve people or pets, please contact Shellee Diggs at 623-806-7650 or

Dentists and veterinarians at Midwestern University are working together to study the effects of exposure to electronic cigarette vapors in dogs. While there is evidence to suggest that pets are exposed to nicotine through their owner’s use of conventional cigarettes, whether the use of electronic cigarettes exposes pets to nicotine or not has not been investigated.

The purpose of this research study is to measure the nicotine levels in the hair of dogs that have been exposed to secondhand vapor for an extended period of time. These values will then be compared to those found in other studies of dogs that were exposed to secondhand smoke from traditional tobacco cigarettes.

If you, someone in your home, or someone you know uses electronic cigarettes and owns a dog, you could be eligible to participate in a non-invasive research study. Participants may be compensated for their time.

Your pet will be eligible to participate if he/she is between the ages of 2 and 15 years and weighs more than 5 kilograms (approximately 10 pounds). They will be not be able to participate if they are sick, pregnant, or have lesions on their skin.

Study procedures: You are being asked to allow us to collect a sample of hair from your dog’s neck. An area approximately 2 inches x 2 inches of your dog’s neck region will be shaved using electronic trimmers. You are also allowing us to store this sample until it can be properly analyzed and then eventually destroyed.

Owners will be compensated $15 for their participation.

If you are interested in enrolling your pet, please contact:

James (Jordan) Kline at 602.377.2784 or

For more information about the study, please call Dr. Angela Mexas at 623.537.6379

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