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    90% of pet owners who have lost or almost

    lost their beloved pet to suffocation were

    unaware of or had never realized the

    possibility their pet could suffocate in a chip,

    snack, cereal, or other food bag until it hap-

    pened! Hard plastic and cardboard con-

    tainers are also dangerous. The most likely

    culprits are soft collapsible, crinkly plastic or

    mylar-type bags that contain (or have

    contained) salty, sugary or fatty snacks and

    foods. When an animal (cats, dogs and wild-

    life) tries to reach food or crumbs left in the

    bag they are trapped when they breathe in and the bag creates a vacuum around their nose,

    mouth and neck. When you discard any kind of bag, cut the bag twice. Once across the

    bottom and then up the side. Prevent the unthinkable!

    For more information and for ways you can help raise awareness please go to www.preventivevet.com/pet-suffocation