Marks July as Lost Pet Prevention Month!
6 July, 2015
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Petpav is partnering with PetHub to get the word out as they mark July, 2015 as “Lost Pet Prevention” month.  Summer is here in full force and we pet owners are much more inclined to be outdoors with our pets, either walking them, playing with them or at outdoor festivities.  When we aren’t outdoors, our cats and dogs love to run outside to enjoy the warm temperatures.  It is vital that this month (and always) that your pet has the proper identification in case your pet gets lost or runs outdoor.

Below are some tips to help prevent your pet from getting lost:

Make sure your pet ALWAYS is wearing identification


Every cat or dog needs to have some sort of identification on them at all times.  Even if your pet is microchipped, it does not necessarily mean that your cat or dog can be found that easily.  Not all rescues and/or vets have a way to easily scan your pet’s information and a physical id is much easier to read.  If someone finds your lost pet and see a physical identification tag, they can just call you immediately with very little effort involved.


Take a look at this great infographic showing the benefits of physical ID Tags.



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Always have your pets’ medical records handy and/or stored digitally


PetHub offers not only physical identification tags but they have a way to store your pets’ medical records digitally.  

This is such a lifesaver as you don’t have to call your veterinarian immediately if your pet gets out and/or has special needs. It’s always nice to have a digital way to get to your cat or dog’s medical history as opposed to hard copies.

Secure your home’s surrounding to make a ‘pet escape’ difficult


With summer here and your dog outdoors much more than normal, make sure to check your home inside and out so your dog can’t escape.  Secure your gate if you have a home.  If a neighbor drops by, make sure that you don’t leave the door open long enough for your pet to escape.  If you open a screen door and/or have a patio, watch your pets while they relax outside in the sun.

Train your dog or cat that running outside (without you) is unacceptable


If you train your dog and/or cat from an early age that running out the front door is not allowed, your pets are more apt to stay inside. And, when outside, make sure that your dog has the proper leash and training so that he or she doesn’t run away from you if he sees something enticing.


If your pet does get out, start the search for your pet immediately.


If your pet does get out, start searching for your pet right away as he or she will have not traveled as far. Thoroughly search your surrounding property and continue in the direction that your pet was last seen. Go door-to-door, starting close by initially, moving further out later.


Bring a flashlight and check EVERYWHERE: in closets, cupboards, and all accessible spaces inside your home; behind the cars, inside pipes and culverts, in heavy brush, sheds, basement crawl spaces, open garages, under decks. Your pet may be stuck somewhere, extremely frightened, or injured and lying low. For lost cats and other climbing critters, check trees, roofs, and attics.


Leave food or a favorite toy outside your door


If you leave food out, hopefully your dog or cat will smell it and come running back if they haven’t ventured too far. This is especially true of cats who seem to come out of hiding if there is food involved or if they are just merely frightened.

Help us spread the word about declaring July as “Lost Pet Prevention Month”!  Make sure your pets are protected by having the proper protection.  You can get a pet identification tag directly form and find great articles and more detailed information about protecting your pet!




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