Keep All Bags Away From Pets!

By | Blue's Blog

Have you ever seen your cat or dog with some type of bag over its head? A chip bag? A cereal bag? A pet food bag? A snack bag? A plastic bag? A grocery bag? Maybe your pet was trying to get the last of the food crumbs or hoping to find other savory snacks. 

Animals are naturally curious, and most aren’t afraid to go looking for something to snack on!

❌ However, most pet owners don’t know that these simple, common household items can pose a serious suffocation risk to their pets.⁣⁣

Both dogs and cats can suffocate within minutes if they get inside a chip bag, snack bag, pet food bag, or any type of plastic bag or container.  When a curious dog or cat puts his head into a food bag, the bag can create a vacuum-like seal around the dog’s neck.  As he tries to breathe, the bag tightens around his neck, cutting off the oxygen. This happens within minutes.

✔️ Please visit our Facebook page and website at www.preventpetsuffocation.com to learn quick and easy ways to keep your pets safe from pet suffocation. ⁣⁣When we work together, we can save the lives of even more pets! 🐶🐱

Does Your Pup Beg at the Table?

By | Blue's Blog

🐶 Do you often have an audience while you dine?

If you own a dog, most likely, the answer is yes! It’s hard to resist those puppy dog eyes while we eat. They can look so cute trying to get you to throw them some tidbits. 

Having your dog beg can not only be very annoying, but it can also be a safety risk for your pup. It just takes a few minutes for a dog to grab a chip bag or other food bag or container while you are distracted and find themselves at risk for pet suffocation.

Keep these handy safety tips in mind to help prevent your pets from begging while you are eating.

✔️ The easiest way to prevent your dog from begging is to not have them near you while you eat. Confine your dog to another room or put them in their crate while you eat. 

✔️ Train them to find something else to do while you are eating and to ignore you.

✔️ Teach them to go to a designated spot and stay there while you’re eating. 

✔️ Don’t give your pups table scraps as it will reinforce the begging behavior. 

✔️ Use positive reinforcement when your dog leaves people’s food alone. 

✔️ Keep all food bags and containers off the table while you eat.  

Make sure the whole family follows the same rules and boundaries so your pup doesn’t get confused. With a well-behaved dog at meal times, eating can be more relaxing for you and safer for your pups. 

Yea! It’s Summer!

By | Blue's Blog

Looking for fun ideas on how to make sure your pup has a fantastic summer? Here are a few things to add to your calendar:

☀️ Treat them to a pup cup at your favorite local ice cream shop

☀️ Head to the beach for an afternoon of swimming and relaxing in the sun

☀️ Go for a hike in the woods to get some fresh air

☀️ Schedule a puppy playdate with a loved one so your dog can socialize

Remember: Don’t forget to pack water and treats for them. And never leave your pups in the car this summer! Dogs overheat very quickly and struggle to cool themselves down.

By being mindful of their needs, you can make sure your furry family members have an adventure-filled summer!

Why is Losing a Dog so Painful?

By | Blue's Blog

💔 Many of us have experienced the profound loss of a beloved dog and found ourselves overwhelmed with inconsolable grief that can last weeks and months.

According to Frank T. McAndrew, Professor of Psychology at Knox College, research shows the loss of a dog is, in almost every way, often comparable to the loss of a loved one. He writes, “Unfortunately, there’s little in our cultural playbook – no grief rituals, no obituary in the local newspaper, no religious service – to help us get through the loss of a pet, which can make us feel more than a bit embarrassed to show too much public grief over our dead dogs.”

Dogs provide us with such unconditional love and dedicated companionship that our bond with our loyal pet can be more gratifying than personal relationships. Who doesn’t daydream about playing in a pile of puppies or snuggling with our canine companions? And, dog owners are known to be typically happier than people who own cats or no pets at all.

McAndrew writes that the psychologist Julie Axelrod has pointed out that the loss of a dog is so painful because owners aren’t just losing the pet, but a source of unconditional love or a primary companion who provides security and comfort. 

Things to help with the grieving process: 

❤️ Validate your grief and realize it will take time to heal. Practice self-care.

❤️ Speak to a counselor or join a grief support group.

❤️ Embrace your memories of your dog through photos or create a scrapbook or shadow box. 

❤️ Have a memorial service for your pet by spreading the pup’s ashes in a special place.  

❤️ Volunteer at a rescue group or shelter or foster a pet until you are ready to share your life with one again. 

Dogs are an important part of our family. The loss of a dog can be devastating. Grief has no timeline and there are no rules for mourning. Most of us will not be able to resist owning another cherished dog at some point. They are worth it!

Are You Prepared for a Pet Emergency?

By | Blue's Blog

🐶🐱 June is National Pet Preparedness Month! Are you including your pets in your family emergency plan?⁣

Our rescue dog, Blue, (in photo above) was hit by a car around midnight on New Year’s Eve eleven years ago. He sneaked out the front door when a dinner guest went to his car to get his phone. We had to rush Blue to an ER Vet who helped save his broken leg. There was only one ER Vet nearby, and luckily, we knew where it was ahead of time.  

⁣We know that your pets are important family members, so this month, make sure you’re prepared to keep them safe no matter what happens.⁣

⁣The likelihood that you and your animals will survive an emergency such as a fire or flood, tornado, hurricane, or evacuation depends largely on emergency planning.⁣

⁣What can you do?⁣

⁣✔️ Assemble an animal emergency supply kit with food, water, a first aid kit, collar, leash, toys, and any items your pet might need on the go.⁣

⁣✔️ Develop a pet care buddy system. Plan with friends and neighbors to ensure your pet will be taken care of even if you’re not around.⁣

⁣✔️ Have a copy of your pet’s vet records and include a photo of you and your pet to show ownership in case you become separated. ⁣

⁣✔️ Create a list of places that accept pets if an emergency happens. ⁣

⁣✔️ Have an evacuation plan ready and practice with your pets. ⁣

⁣✔️ Visit ready.gov to learn more about the steps you can take to keep your pets safe!

Help keep your pets safe! Be Prepared!

A Close Call for this Lucky Kitty!

By | Blue's Blog

This is why we remind everyone to cut up and properly dispose of all food bags, including chip bags, snack bags, cereal bags, pet food bags, etc. This cat got very lucky when a Good Samaritan saw him struggling with a chip bag over his head.

She writes: “This poor little kitty. Saw “this” as I drove down Sagepark. I thought WTH, backed up & the poor thing was panting, just lying there. I grabbed the Lay’s chip bag off of his head & he scampered away. Just sat stunned, drooling & still panting. My first thought was, who did this!? But then again, he could have just been trying to get the crumbs out & the bag got stuck on his head.”  

Stray dogs, feral cats, and all types of wildlife are vulnerable to suffocation when they find food bags people have thrown in the trash or left at beaches, parks, and campsites. Please help protect our animals by taking measures to prevent pet suffocation. It just takes a few minutes to help save an animal’s life. 

Visit our website at www.preventpetsuffocation.com for more information and safety tips.