dog suffocated in food bag

Heartbroken owner found her dog suffocated in a bag

Days ago, a heartbroken woman reached out via social media following the unexpected and tragic death of her dog. In a public Facebook post, a woman named Angela described how her dog, Cadee, suffocated to death in a chip bag.

Angela wrote:

On Saturday we lost our Cadee to what we thought was a freak accident. We apologize in advance bc this is so hard to write about & I’m sure such a downer to read. We had family over and while we were having dinner Cadee got in to the basement and got a hold of an empty chip bag. She tragically suffocated to death and that is how we found her minutes later.

Though Cadee’s family attempted CPR and rushed her to a veterinarian, she could not be saved. Tragically, Cadee’s death is not as unusual as most people would believe. Angela explained:

I did some research and found this is not a freak accident and happens more often that we know which is why we are sharing our story. As she was going in for the crumbs she was inhaling thus creating a suction and the bag becomes impossible to remove. 3-5 pet suffocation’s get reported every week and 42% of those occur while the owner is in the next room. It only takes about 3 minutes for their oxygen to drop to fatal levels. 90% of the incidents reported the owner had never heard of this until it happened to them (us included).

Angela is correct – over the course of the last 10 years of writing about dogs, I have written about this same situation many times. Dogs just like Cadee who found their way to an empty food bag (chips, popcorn, cereal), and then died after suffocating. Many times, the dog has opened a cupboard to access a trash can – or pulled a bag out of a covered trash canister.

Learn more about this deadly suffocation issue here.

Rest in peace Cadee, and thank you Angela for sharing your heartbreaking story with others.

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7 replies
  1. Barkley's Mom says:

    My condolences to this family and may poor Cadee rest in peace. This is a tragic accident. I know I have to put our trash out in the next room because our Beagle will rummage through it and God forbid this happen to her. What a heartbreaking thing to have happen.

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  2. Adrienne says:

    RIP Cadee, you were loved by your pet parents and this accident unfortunately is a warning to other pet parents. Don’t leave any type of bag with the hint of food particles inside because something tragic like this could happen in only a few minutes.

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  3. Stephen Phillips says:

    My heart goes out to this grieving family…
    Regardless of trash or recycling, I have ALWAYS cut out the bottom of ALL bags – bread wrappers, ziplocs, chip bags, steamed veggies, etc. – EVERYTHING, not only to protect my many rescued forevers, but any and all wildlife that may frequent refuse dumping grounds…

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    • Barkley's Mom says:

      Thank you for bringing this to my attention, I had never thought about the wildlife, I will follow your lead from now on.

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  4. Darla G says:

    My heart breaks for Cadee and her family. Unfortunately, it is not as freak of accident as most people think. I know MANY dog parents who have never heard of this happening. I cut open EVERY empty food bag before placing it in the trash. My dogs have never opened cupboards to get in the waste basket but it only takes once for it to have a tragic outcome. RIP Cadee. I’m sorry for your family’s loss.

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  5. Jan Barnes says:

    Deeply sorry for your tragic loss. Your advice will save many many dogs’ lives. Cadee is very proud of you and is watching over you from heaven!

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