We’ve all seen funny videos of dogs, cats, and other animals with their heads stuck in potato chip bags or other kinds of food packaging. But did you ever stop to think about what would happen if your pet got his head stuck in a bag while you were not at home to pull it off?
The website Prevent Pet Suffocation seeks to raise awareness among pet owners about the very real dangers of a seemingly cute situation. Because may food bags are made from mylar-type materials designed to keep food fresh, these packages can create a vacuum-like seal around your pet’s head as she tries to breathe.
If you are not around to remove the bag, your pet can run around the house in a panic and lose even more oxygen at a faster rate. Dogs, cats, and other animals can asphyxiate and die in a matter of minutes.
What can you do to prevent this heartbreaking tragedy from happening in your home? Prevent Pet Suffocation has created an online petition asking Frito Lay to put warning labels on their snack bags. You can lend your voice to this effort.
Also, check out this infographic for tips on how to prevent suffocation. It can be as simple as cutting up empty bags and storing open bags in a secure cabinet and not on the kitchen counter.
You can also follow Prevent Pet Suffocation on Facebook to keep up to date on their awareness campaign, and see some very moving posts about people’s beloved pets who have suffered this very sad (and preventable) fate.