Recently it has become more aware to the public eye about Pet Suffocation. Sadly it’s a lot more common than most people think. Many people believe that a dog or a cat can simply remove a chip or snack bag off of their heads using their front paws or rip open the bag with their claws. That some times maybe the case while there is some food left in the bag, but even then it’s iffy. A lot of these bags are made from a strong Mylar-like material (like a balloon) which helps keep snacks fresher. As your pet inhales, a suction seal is created. Once the bag starts to seal around their neck, it’s extremely difficult for the pet to break the seal. ALL pets are vulnerable to Pet Suffocation – No matter what breed/species, size or age they are.
It’s a scary thing to think that one day you may come home to your pet lying lifeless with a potato chip bag or a snack bag over their head. Just imagine it’s a regular day and you just got home from work, from running errands or being out with friends and your pet doesn’t greet you at the door. They normally do. You walking into the house looking for your furry friend. You call out for them, letting them know that you’re home. You walk into the kitchen, the living room or even your bedroom and see items that normally would on a shelf, table, counter or dresser on the floor. It looks like there had been a struggle. You call out for your pet’s name again and still there’s no answer. You start searching throughout the house, checking under beds, in closets, and every corner in the house. Maybe they’re hiding because they think they’re in trouble for knocking whatever it was over. You continue to call and still no answer. May be they had gotten out of the house. Maybe your spouse, family member or a friend came over to get them and forgot to tell you. Your confusion slowly turns to panic as you call out for your pet once again. No answer. You finally stop in a room that you’ve already been and there you notice your best friend lying motionless against the wall, under a table with a chip bag over their head. Your heart sinks. You run over to them. May they’re just unconscious. You pull off the bag. Shaking them and screaming their name hoping that maybe they just passed out. You frantically call the vet. They walk you through how to check vitals and how to do CPR on your pet or tell you to get in ASAP. By this time it’s too late. They’re gone.
This is a scary reenactment of people go through every day. At least one pet dies every day in North American due to suffocation and it’s very preventable. The best thing to do, even if you’re the most carefullest person ever learn how to do Pet CPR.
Follow these simple steps to help prevent Pet Suffocation.
- Keep all chip/snack/pet food bags safely stored away from your pet.
- Tear or cut up all chip bags and food bags after use, even if you’re going to put it into the trash.
- Store chips/snacks/pet food in resealable plastic containers.
- Serve chips and snacks in glass bowls or containers instead of in bags.
- Keep all trash can lids tightly fastened, locked, or behind a cabinet.
- Keep kitchen pantry door closed.
- Learn CPR for pets.
- Do not allow your pets to roam freely in the house while you are away.
- Alert all your friends and family about the suffocation dangers of bags.
- Educate pet sitters and babysitters about pet suffocation prevention.
- Be extra vigilant during family and holiday gatherings.
- Lobby companies to add warning labels on snack/cereal/dog food bags.
- Share the Prevent Pet Suffocation website on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media.
- Visit, “Like” and Share Prevent Pet Suffocation on Facebook.
- Follow Prevent Pet Suffocation on Twitter @4YouBlue2.
- Follow Prevent Pet Suffocation on Instagram @PreventPetSuffocation.
If you ever have any questions about what to do, please never hesitate to call your veterinarian and ask questions. That’s what we’re here for.