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Are you aware of the suffocation threat Frito Lays and snack bags pose to your dogs?

by Lori Genstein, I've Got the 'Scoop'!, LLC on June 2, 2014

in Cats, Dogs, Pet Health, Pet Sitting, Pets, Random Thoughts, The Pet Care Biz

Bonnie Odem Harlan, Founder of Prevent Pet Suffocation, brings awareness to pet parents in Memory of her Beloved Furry Angel, BLUE.

dorito bag

Dogs are dying daily, and it CAN happen to your beloved pet… to any of our pets!!!!

Be sure to cut the top and bottom of the bag off completely before throwing it away, and be certain snack bags are never left anywhere your pet may have access to one… not even an unaccessible location! Hide them up above in a closed cabinet or pantry, out of sight and smell.

When a dog puts their head into the bag and begins to breath, a vacuum seal is created preventing them from removing the bag.

I just received notice of the fourth doggie this week — rather, the fourth owner whom has come forward and brought the unfortunate news to Prevent Pet Suffocation’s attention, sharing their dog has died as the result of suffocating in a Frito Lays bag or similar snack bag.  Last week a dog suffocated with their head stuck in a plastic animal cracker container.  The numbers are increasing rapidly, and, most likely, there have been many other unreported deaths.

Visit Prevent Pet Suffocation’s Facebook page and read the stories… so extremely sad!  More importantly, please go to their web site and sign the petition to  have warning notices printed on the bags!!!

The original article appeared on MADMIKESAMERICA… after reading Bonnie’s heartbreaking experience, I’ve been following Prevent Pet Suffocation and helping spread awareness by sharing her story about Blue, as well as the horrific posts from many devastated pet parents, in an attempt to save other beloved pets’ lives.

Helping to keep beloved furry babies healthy and safe… and pet parents informed!


I’ve Got the ‘Scoop’!, LLC, in Palmyra


{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Wag the Dog June 2, 2014 at 10:41 am

It makes me really sad to hear of the four dogs that have passed recently because of this. Leaving a bag of chips out on the couch while you go to the bathroom should never really be an issue, but it can be deadly. Be very careful with these kind of things then it doesnt happen to you, better safe than sorry.


Lori Genstein, I've Got the 'Scoop'!, LLC August 26, 2014 at 4:49 pm

It is a VERY serious issue… and many parents aren’t aware of the threat. But dogs are dying daily, and that is why there is a petition and desperate plea for the snack company to add a warning label to their packaging.

Also, ingredients in various snacks can be toxic to pets in large quantities, so I would recommend never leaving a bag of snacks anywhere a dog may access them, even for a few moments, if there wasn’t the terrible threat of suffocation. Some may not politely eat out of the bag… rather, eat the contents along with the bag, and then you are facing more issues to contend with if the doggie swallows the bag.

I certainly agree, Wag the Dog!!!! Prevention is simple… and it’s the only way to avoid unnecessary harm to our beloved pets. : )

Thanks for your comment!


Lori June 5, 2014 at 1:47 pm

Thank you, Bonnie Odem Harlan, for bringing awareness to pet parents, and your continued diligent efforts…


Bonnie Harlan June 9, 2014 at 6:59 pm

Lori, you’re awesome! Thank you so much for your continued efforts in helping me spread awareness on preventing pet suffocation! Little by little, we are making progress!


Lori June 9, 2014 at 11:04 pm

: ) I’m hoping more awareness is spread via professional pet sitting associations such as PetsitUSA!!! PetsitUSA is always providing resources to pet parents and pet sitters; hence, why I am a proud member.

I appreciate their allowing me to post the blog on the web site!

Pet sitters, trainers, volunteers, everyone working in animal welfare, please share this info with all of your pet parents!!!!


Marcia Weinstein June 9, 2014 at 8:35 pm

Thank you Bonnie.
I will keep posting and reposting.
This problem must be corrected.


Lori June 9, 2014 at 11:00 pm

Marcia, thank you for helping Bonnie and her cause… and hoping to prevent any more unnecessary deaths to beloved pets!



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