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Prevent Pet Suffocation

06/25/2018 by Colleen Williams
June 25th, 2018 by Colleen Williams

A few years ago, Preventive Vet started a campaign to address pet suffocation via plastic bags because it lacked awareness among pet parents until it was simply too late. They developed the infographic below to urge pet parents to serve snacks in bowls, cut the bottom and sides of bags before tossing, and share the “Journey of the Chip Bag” so others know the hazards of something so commonplace.

Did you know?

  • It takes as few as 3–5 minutes for a dog or cat rummaging through a bag for crumbs to asphyxiate.
  • It can happen to any pet, regardless of their size, age, or strength; and it can, and has, happened even when the pet owners are in the same home, maybe even in the next room over.
  • 90% of people who lost or almost lost a pet to suffocation were unaware of or had never realized the possibility that their pet could suffocate in a chip, snack, cereal, or other food bag until it happened!
  • The biggest suffocation hazards to pets are snack or chip bags (69%), cereal bags (8%), pet food bags (8%) and pet treat bags (5%). Other common suffocation hazards included bread bags, cheese bags, and hard plastic and cardboard containers.

All statistics and info provided by Preventive Vet. Find out more about Preventive Vet’s campaign to stop pet suffocation by reading the post, National Pet Suffocation Awareness Week – Preventing Heartbreak, and by following them on Facebook.