How to Prevent Your Pet From Getting Lost!
5 July, 2016
dog on leash

Summer is here 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.  And our door sare open more often and your pet just might run out.

If that does happen, you can have a better chance of your dog or cat getting home by being prepared.

Make sure your pet ALWAYS wears 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.

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

In case your dog or cat does get out, it’s always important to have your medical records handy.  PetHub offers physical id tags that include being able to access your pet’s medical records digitally.  If you can’t call your vet immediately or if this happens at night, it’s great to have access to your pets medical records right way.

Make sure to do a thorough check of your home to make sure it is secure

You should walk through you home and check all doors and gates to make sure that your cat or dog can’t get out or urn away.  If you have company over, 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.  Just be extra cautious.

Train your dog or cat that getting out 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.

Any time you are outside your home, make sure your dog is wearing a leash

Even if you are just walking around the neighborhood and you think your dog does well off-leash, it really is never recommended.  One interesting critter and your dog is off and running.  And while you are out on your walk, introduce your dog to your neighbors.  They are the first people you will go to if your dog runs away.

If your dog or cat does run out, start the search immediately.

If your pet does get out, start searching for your pet right away as he or she will have not traveled as far. 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.

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.

Leave your pets’ favorite food or 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 ” designated by Pet Hub as a reminder of what we need to do to prevent our pets from getting lost this month and always!

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