Pets bring joy and love into our lives, becoming cherished members of our families. However, it is essential to be aware of the potential dangers that can harm our furry friends. One such danger that often goes unnoticed is suffocation caused by chip or snack bags. In fact, at least two to three pets perish every week in the U.S. due to this preventable accident[^1^]. Let’s explore how we can protect our pets and ensure their safety.
The Hidden Risk of Bag Suffocation
Our pets have a natural attraction to food, especially the delicious treats that come packaged in bags. Unfortunately, this innocent curiosity can quickly turn deadly. As pets stick their heads into the bag to enjoy a tasty snack, the bag tightens around their neck, depriving them of air. In just three to five minutes, a pet can suffocate[^1^].
This heartbreaking suffocation hazard was brought to light by a pet owner named Holly. Her beloved Labrador, Scout, tragically lost its life after getting entangled in a chip bag. Holly, devastated by the loss, discovered that this danger is more common than she ever imagined. A quick Google search reveals countless stories of pets suffocating due to these seemingly harmless bags[^1^].
The Importance of Awareness & Prevention
To protect our pets from suffocation, it is crucial to take proactive measures. One simple yet effective step is to store chips and snacks in a sealed container instead of the original bag. When emptying a bag, it is advisable to cut the top and sides, preventing the bag from forming a seal and minimizing the risk[^1^]. By adopting this practice, not only are we safeguarding our pets but also protecting wildlife from potential harm.
Other Suffocation Hazards to Consider
While bags pose a significant danger, they are not the only suffocation risk for our beloved pets. Other common items can also lead to tragic accidents. For instance, traditional steel choke collars can pose a threat if the collar hooks onto a stationary object, hindering the dog’s ability to free itself[^1^]. To prevent such incidents, it is wise to switch to a Martingale style collar, which ensures the safety of both the dog wearing it and any other pets they interact with[^1^].
Additionally, window treatments like blinds and shades with cords can be hazardous. Although designed to break away in case a toddler gets entangled, many pets, particularly playful cats, weigh less than a toddler and may not trigger the safety mechanism. Adjusting the cords to be out of a pet’s reach or opting for cordless control options can significantly reduce the risk of suffocation[^1^].
Your Pet’s Safety Matters
It is our responsibility as pet owners to be aware of the potential dangers that can harm our furry companions. By taking the necessary precautions, such as storing snacks in sealed containers, using safe collar alternatives, and securing window treatments, we can protect our pets from suffocation and ensure their safety[^1^].
Remember, the loss of a pet due to suffocation is a devastating experience that can be avoided. Let’s spread the word about this hidden danger, raising awareness among other pet owners, and ensuring that our furry friends remain safe and alive. And always remember, adopt, don’t shop.
Below is a photo of Scout:
[^1^]: Source: Globalnews.ca