May is Lyme Disease Prevention Month!

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As the spring and summer months approach, and we can enjoy the outdoors more often with our dogs, it’s a good time to be aware of insect bites from ticks, bees, wasps, scorpions, ants, and other pesky insects.   

Ticks carrying Lyme Disease can be found in remote wilderness, parks, fields, beaches, picnic areas, and residential areas including in your yard. Some signs of Lyme Disease in dogs include joint discomfort and pain, lethargy, fever, and kidney issues. Contact your veterinarian if you suspect your pet has been exposed to Lyme Disease. 

Some signs of insect bites on dogs include redness, swelling, drooling, limping, itchiness, and shock. Some treatment options include using a cold compress for swelling, applying a paste of baking soda and water or aloe vera to the area, giving an oatmeal bath, and if safe, using Benadryl. If your furry family member is bitten or stung, be sure to remove the stinger and keep an eye on them for an allergic reaction.

Check your pet’s fur and coat after each visit outside for ticks or insect bites. Make sure they’re taking their flea and tick medicine, as well. Talk to your vet about the Lyme Vaccine for dogs. Should any reaction occur, have the number of your local emergency vet on hand. Meanwhile, enjoy the outdoors knowing you are ready and prepared! 

Prevent Pet Suffocation in Vehicles!

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🚗 Does your pet love to ride in the car with you?

With summer approaching, there’s nothing more fun than bringing your pet along for the adventure, so please make sure that you’re also keeping pet suffocation risks in mind!

❌ Leaving fast food bags, snack bags, drink containers, and other food bags in your car, purse, or backpack can pose a serious suffocation risk to your pets.

Running a quick errand and leaving your pet unsupervised for just a few minutes leaves enough time for them to suffocate from one of these items.

We have lost several dogs to suffocation while they waited for their owners to return to the car. The owners had no idea their pet was at risk, and they were all devastated to find out too late. 

This week, make it a goal to clean out your car and create a safe space for your pets both inside and outside of your home! 🐶🐱

Pet Suffocation Safety Tips for Outdoor Activities!

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The sun continues to shine and we’re spending more time outdoors – but don’t forget about your pets when you’re hiking, walking, barbecuing, picnicking, swimming, or camping!

Snacks such as potato chips, popcorn, pretzels, sandwiches, cookies, and candy are great for groups, but the bags that they’re packaged in pose a serious suffocation risk for your pets.⁣

So, what can you do?

✔️ Cut up your chip bags, snack bags, pet food bags, and all other food bags before you dispose of them. 

✔️ Make sure to serve your snacks in plastic bowls and containers and cut up all food bags before disposing of them.⁣

✔️ Take extra precautions when you are at a beach, at the lake, on a picnic, or are camping, hiking, or biking.

✔️ As you’re socializing, it’s important to keep an eye on your pets, as well! Don’t leave them unattended around the delicious food and snacks, as pet suffocation happens within minutes! ⁣

✔️ Leave no trash behind if you’re bringing snacks, drinks, or any type of food bags or containers outside.

With a little extra precaution, you can enjoy the outdoors freely without putting any of our wonderful pets at risk!

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Happy Mother’s Day from our Founder, Bonnie Harlan, and her dog, Jag!⁣

⁣Wishing all of the wonderful moms and fur moms a special day of joy and celebration! Your dedication, kindness, loyalty, tirelessness, and love for your families and pets is appreciated! ⁣

⁣Before summer sneaks in, don’t forget to take time for yourselves – a romp with your pup, a playdate with your kids, a fun date night, or some well-deserved self-care! ⁣

⁣Enjoy your special day! ❤️

An Inspiring Reason to Learn Pet CPR!

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A happy ending for this little Dachshund mix pup named Honey who was saved with CPR after almost suffocating in a snack bag in early March. 

Melissa Deckelbaum writes, “I am a veterinary technician. We have three dogs.  After working an overnight shift, I returned home and found my son’s dog in his room with a snack bag stuck on her head suffocating. He had left for school at 7 and I got home at 9. I have no idea how long she had her head in that bag.  She was limp, unconscious, and hyperventilating.  Her gums and tongue were blue.  I immediately started giving her mouth to snout breaths and some chest compressions.  In a few short minutes, which seemed like hours, she was conscious and walking around, although she was lethargic and stumbling.  I brought her to a local emergency vet, luckily she was stable and required no oxygen, but I kept her there for the day since I had to go home and sleep. Within hours she was completely normal and home, acting like nothing happened. I, however, am traumatized by the whole incident. The vision of her laying there with a bag over her head. The thought that had I gotten home a few minutes later, this would have had a completely different outcome. I work with sick and dying animals every day, I’ve had my share of my own personal pet losses, but this is something I will never get out of my mind.”

Honey was very lucky and almost didn’t make it. Please take the time to learn Pet CPR. You never know when you might need it. There is a CPR video posted on the Blog on our website at www.preventpetsuffocation.com. Thank you!

Hat’s Off Today to Our Veterinarians!

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💙 It’s World Veterinary Day! Today is the 22nd anniversary of this wonderful day to highlight the extraordinary roles veterinarians perform around the world. 

Today, we are extra thankful for the professionals that work every day to keep our pets safe. Where would we be without these amazing people that keep our pets healthy and also perform life-saving techniques and surgeries when needed?

📱  I’m honoring my personal vet, Dr. Miller, in the photo above. When I frantically called the vet office 10 years ago after I found my dog, Blue, had suffocated in a chip bag, Dr. Miller and an assistant rushed right over to my house. Show your appreciation to these wonderful medical caregivers by posting a special thank you to your veterinarian on social media. Include a photo of your pet to personalize your message. Thank a vet today!

And remember: Keeping your pets safe at home is one of the best ways to avoid an emergency trip to the vet.

Visit the Information page on our website to learn more about what you can do to create a safe space for your pets and to keep them from falling victim to pet suffocation! 🐶🐱

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🚨 How many people have you told about the dangers of pet suffocation?⁣

Chances are, you know so many family members, friends, housesitters, coworkers, and more that aren’t aware of the true dangers that are inside their own homes!

Jez Za wishes she had known about the dangers of pet suffocation before losing her beloved Chicko (in photo) in a chip bag last summer. Jez was gone less than five minutes. Jez Za writes, “I have just lost my best friend, my support, a family member, a truly one of a kind dog. On Saturday, June 19th, I came home to one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to go through. My sweet Chicko had gotten a hold of a potato chip bag while I was out for the shortest time. The bag got stuck on her face and created an airtight vacuum seal around her nose and mouth. She couldn’t breathe or get it off her face. And she suffocated to death in 4 minutes. When I walked in the door, I found her on the kitchen floor, not moving, with the bag over her head. When I took it off of her head, it was actually tight. I will never get that image out of my head, or forgive myself for this. It haunts me every time I close my eyes. I feel so guilty and blame myself. But I know it wasn’t my fault, but a freak accident.”

The truth is, the more people that know about the dangers of pet suffocation, the more pet lives we can save. 🐶🐱

⁣Today, send a friend a message or encourage them to visit our website! Word of mouth is a powerful way to save the lives of pets around the world.

Cheers to National Pet Parents Day!

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 🐶🐱 Today is National Pet Parents Day! A special day to honor all the dedicated pet parents across the nation!

As loving pet parents, we faithfully take care of our pets, feed them, play with them, groom them, take them to the vet, and spoil them as much as possible. Our reward is the unconditional love from our beloved pets. To celebrate YOUR day as the best pet parents ever, take your furry family member on a pretty drive or a scenic walk or pack a delicious picnic with your favorite treats. Set-up your own family photoshoot and post on social media. Not a pet parent yet? Consider fostering or rescuing a shelter dog or cat who would love to become a part of your family! Hug your pets extra tight today! ❤️

Happy Earth Day!

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🌎 Happy Earth Day!

Today is an amazing reminder of how we all should work together to take care of the planet we live on. This year, the theme for Earth Day is “Invest in Our Planet™.”

This year, consider joining The Great Global Cleanup®, a global campaign to remove billions of pieces of trash from neighborhoods, beaches, rivers, lakes, trails, and parks – reducing waste and plastic pollution, improving habitats, and preventing harm to wildlife and humans. Unfortunately, the use of plastics has soared during the pandemic and greatly increased plastic pollution in our oceans, landfills, cities, highways, forests, parks, and neighborhoods.

Masks, gloves, takeout bags, plastic containers, and packaging are in abundant use, and, without proper disposal, many end up discarded on beaches, roads, lawns, parking lots, and parks where pets and wildlife can have easy access to them. 

To make our planet a safer place for animals and humans, it’s going to take all of us. If you’re not already, start being more mindful and proactive about the sheer amount of plastic being strewn about. If you see a mask, gloves, plastic bags, chip bags, straws, or any other litter on the ground, please pick it up and discard it appropriately. 

Let’s all Invest in Our Planet! 🌎

Happy Easter!

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🐰  Happy Easter! Flowers are blooming, birds are singing, the weather is warming, and hope is in the air!

⁣Whether you’re celebrating Easter with a small get-together or large gathering, it’s very important to pay attention to seasonal treats and items that can be harmful to our furry friends who are sure to be joining in on the fun.⁣⁣⁣

🍭 Those delicious Easter baskets full of sweets, colored eggs, and plastic Easter grass are fun for the kids but can be a hazard for your pets. ⁣⁣⁣

🐶 Try using colored tissue instead of the plastic Easter grass as this can be a choking hazard to your dog or cat if ingested.

🌷 Seasonal flowers like lilies, daffodils, and tulips are also toxic to pets.

🐥 If your child receives a live duckling, baby chick, or bunny this year, please keep them safely away from your household pets at all times. ⁣⁣⁣

⁣⁣⁣✂️ Make sure you cut up all candy bags and treat bags and dispose of them properly to prevent pet suffocation! ⁣⁣⁣

⁣⁣⁣We know that pets are truly members of the family, so always keep them in mind as you celebrate and enjoy the warmer weather and nature’s beauty! ❤️