It’s National Pet Day!

By | Blue's Blog

🐶🐱⁣⁣ Today is National Pet Day! How will you be celebrating?

⁣⁣It’s the perfect day to celebrate the happiness we receive from our beloved pets. Yet, this day is also dedicated to the many pets who live in shelters or have lost their owner and need love and companionship, too.

❤️  Today is an opportunity to consider adopting a rescue pet, fostering a dog or cat, or just helping out a pet owner who is having a hard time being able to walk their dog or play with their pets. These acts of kindness can bring priceless benefits to the health and welfare of these pets who need it.

National Pet Day is also an excellent time to ensure your home is safely secured for your pets.⁣⁣ ⁣

⁣🐶  Discard any broken or unsanitary toys, chew toys, leashes, collars, and bedding. ⁣⁣

⁣⁣🐱  Ensure your pets are up to date on their vaccinations and health checks.⁣⁣

⁣🐶  Check collars to ensure tags are secure and phone numbers are legible. Consider microchipping your pet.⁣

⁣🐱  Keep all food bags and toxins safely out of reach of your pets. Cut up all chip bags, snack bags, and pet food bags to prevent pet suffocation. ⁣⁣

⁣⁣Spread the love today and tag us in some of your latest pet photos as you enjoy National Pet Day!⁣⁣ 📷

Hug Your Dog Today!

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🐶 Did you know today is National Hug Your Dog Day?

Few things are better than giving your furry family member a squeeze! Plus, hugging your dog actually has therapeutic benefits for you and your pup. ⁣⁣Studies have shown that hugging pups increases oxytocin, the “cuddle hormone”, which helps to lower stress, blood pressure, heart rate, and cholesterol.

❤️  Hugging creates a sense of well-being and contentment between you and your pet. It also can help with a dog’s behavioral issues and bad habits by providing a sense of trust between you and your dog.⁣ ⁣If your canine companion isn’t a hugger, try a belly rub, a scratch behind the ears, or gentle petting. ⁣⁣⁣⁣Our dogs deserve all the love and affection we can give, so make sure you give them an extra hug today!⁣⁣

Adopt a Greyhound in April!

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Did you know that Greyhounds make amazing pets? Jax, in the photo, was recently adopted by a friend of mine after Jax’s racing career ended. Jax is a very mellow and loving dog, has adapted very well to his new home, and has enhanced my friend’s life with his gentle and sweet personality. 

According to Larry Kay, co-author of “Training the Best Dog Ever”, Greyhounds, bred for a racing lifestyle, are kept in kennels when they’re not on the racetrack, fed special high-performance diets, and race up until age five before they are considered no longer viable. Luckily, Greyhound fostering and adoption groups have stepped up and are helping these gentle giants find forever homes.

Some important Greyhound facts to know:

They need fenced-in yards and enjoy daily walks.

They require a special collar because their necks are wider than their heads. 

They must be kept leashed because they can reach top speeds in three strides. 

They can see up to a half a mile away.

They were originally bred as hunting dogs.

It may take time for them to get used to living in a home, walking on grass, and navigating around furniture, but they quickly adapt to their new lives. Greyhounds are vulnerable to pet suffocation, too, so make sure you pet-proof your home against any potential suffocation risks.  

Thinking about adopting a retired Greyhound? Find a reputable Greyhound Rescue and Adoption organization to work with. They do careful vetting of new owners to ensure the match is a good fit. Be prepared to fall in love! 

April is National Pet First Aid Awareness Month!

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🆘 Did you know that April is National Pet First Aid Awareness Month?

⁣Though it’s always smart to take your pet to a veterinarian if they need care, a time may come in when you may need to give your furry family member first aid until you can make it to the vet.

🚨 Make sure you’re prepared for an emergency. Prevention is key!⁣

⁣Here’s what you can do this month to prepare:⁣

⁣🐶 Learn CPR for pets. We have a video for this on our website under Blue’s Blog. Consider taking a Red Cross course and downloading a Pet First Aid app on your phone. 

⁣🐱 Take the necessary steps to reduce any choking hazards, poisonous or toxic substances like xylitol and chocolate, and pet suffocation dangers like chip bags, snack bags, and pet food bags within your home.

🐶 Cut up all bags, secure all trash cans, and store chips and snacks in glass bowls or containers instead of bags.⁣

⁣🐱 Have a pet first aid kit fully stocked and easy to access in your home. Include your pet’s vet and medical records, backup medications, hydrogen peroxide, antibiotic ointment, gauze, scissors, medical tape, wet wipes, blanket, travel food bowls, packets of food and water, a flashlight, and an extra leash and poop bags. ⁣

⁣🐶 Learn more about common signs of need for pet first aid including bowel obstruction, choking, suffocation, broken nails, dog or cat bites, abscesses, and poison and toxins ingestion.⁣

⁣Rest easy knowing you’re prepared, if need be, for your pet’s health emergency!

Be Aware of These Household Pet Suffocation Hazards!

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Did you know that these five everyday items can pose a serious suffocation and/or strangulation risk to your cat or dog?

1️⃣ Food bags such as chip bags, snack bags, cereal bags, and pet food bags

2️⃣ Tight spaces such as coolers, dryers, and plastic containers

3️⃣ Collars and leashes

4️⃣ Small items such as balls, chew toys, or rawhides

5️⃣ Cords on blinds and windows

This is why it’s so important to…

✔️ Cut up all bags before disposing of them

✔️ Always keep your pantry door closed

✔️ Safely secure your trash cans

✔️ Use breakaway collars

✔️ Keep lids closed on appliances

✔️ Learn CPR should your pet need help

Visit our Information page on our website to learn more about how to keep your pets safe at home!

New Media Interview with WTAE-TV!

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Thank you to WTAE-TV for featuring Brian and Holly Best and Prevent Pet Suffocation to help bring awareness to pet suffocation. The Best family share their heartbreaking story of losing their Chocolate Lab puppy, Scout, on New Year’s Day when he suffocated in a chip bag. Spreading awareness is key to preventing pet suffocation, and each media piece and every owner’s story helps us in our mission. To view the interview, click on Press, then Videos in our menu above.

Let’s Walk Our Pups Today!

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🐶 It’s National Walking the Dog Day!⁣

⁣Will you be taking your pet out for some fresh air and exercise?⁣

⁣It’s good for you and for them!⁣

⁣Get dressed, grab your leash, doggie bags, and some water, and enjoy some time outside with your favorite pup or pups. ☀️⁣

⁣Whether it’s just around the neighborhood, at a local park, or on a nearby beach, make it a point to get out with your dog today!

It’s National Love Your Pet Day!

By | Blue's Blog

❤️⁣⁣ Today is National Love Your Pet Day! An entire day to show your beloved pets how much they mean to you!⁣

⁣⁣⁣The top reason people love their pets is because they give them unconditional love.⁣

⁣Looking for ways to give some of that love back to your pet pals? Some ideas to make your pet feel extra special today are:⁣⁣⁣

⁣⁣⁣🐶 Taking them on a long outing or walk in the park, woods, or beach.⁣⁣⁣

⁣⁣⁣🐱 Arranging a fun playdate with their best fur buddy. ⁣⁣⁣

⁣⁣⁣🐶 Buying them a new play toy, leash, collar, or cozy bed. ⁣⁣⁣

⁣⁣⁣🐱 Adopting a pet from a shelter or donating your time or items needed to your favorite rescue group.⁣ ⁣⁣

⁣⁣🐶 Practicing SAFETY first by pet-proofing your home against anything that can cause pet suffocation including cutting up all food bags, locking your trash cans, and serving all chips, snacks, and goodies in glass or plastic containers.⁣⁣⁣

⁣⁣⁣So, no matter if your favorite pet is a dog, cat, rabbit, bird, hamster, or horse, celebrate them today on National Love Your Pet Day by spoiling them rotten and keeping them safe from pet suffocation. ❤️

Protect Your Cats From Pet Suffocation!

By | Blue's Blog

🐱 We want to remind you that cats are JUST as vulnerable to pet suffocation as dogs are!⁣

⁣We often hear stories of dogs who have lost their lives to suffocation, but let’s not forget about our feline friends! Their agility allows them to easily jump on food counters, tables, and refrigerators where they have easier access to food bags and containers.  ⁣

⁣Cats are also prone to hiding in enclosed and small places like bins, plastic containers, and washers and dryers. ⁣

⁣So, what can you do?⁣

⁣🐱 Be extra cautious when leaving bags on top of the fridge, in the laundry room or garage, and on countertops and shelves.⁣

⁣🐱 Cut up all bags and dispose of them properly.⁣

⁣🐱 Keep all containers tightly closed and safely out of reach of your pets.⁣

⁣🐱 Always close drawers and appliance lids like washers and dryers.⁣

⁣Cats are quick on their feet, and we have to stay on our toes! Visit our Information Page for more helpful tips and information.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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❤️ Happy Valentine’s Day from Prevent Pet Suffocation!

Will you be our Valentine? Today is all about love, so make sure that you’re doing all that you can to keep your furry love bugs safe.⁣

⁣Please help us spread the LOVE around to our beloved pets by helping us with our mission to prevent pet suffocation by donating to our non-profit. All donations go directly to spreading awareness through social media, media interviews, infographics, PSAs, articles, etc.

Our international awareness campaign continues to reach thousands of people daily to alert them to the dangers of pet suffocation and how to prevent it. But we need your help to keep making progress! ⁣

⁣We hope you all have a wonderful, love-filled holiday! And if you’re looking to spread a little more love, click on the Donate button on our HOME PAGE. Any and all help is always appreciated! ❤️

(Photo Credit @jassieandnellie on Instagram)