There are three little words that all pet parents dread; “The dog’s missing!” Yet each day those words are repeated in homes across the country. Like all disasters, you need to be prepared in the event it happens.
How to safeguard your pet
· Never let your dog run loose or unsupervised.
· Keep a collar on your pet. How many times have you heard, “He isn’t wearing a collar, may we keep him?”
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· It’s a great idea to put your phone number on the actual collar in the event the tags get lost. You can use a marker or sew the number in a strong thread.
· Tags are still very important. Make sure there is a dog tag with current information on every collar.
· An address is great, but two phone numbers including area code is better. Make sure the information is legible.
· Keep current photos of your dog.
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· Inspect your fence to make certain there are no holes or gaps the dog could squeeze through.
· Make sure that your doors are securely closed.
· Microchip your pet!
My dog is missing! What should I do now?
· Check your house thoroughly. Did anyone accidentally close the pup in a closet or bathroom? Be sure to keep your voice calm. If you sound upset or angry, the dog might continue to hide.
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· Immediately canvas the area around your home. Check favorite hiding places.
· Once you are certain the dog is not in the house or yard, expand your search area. It is best to leave someone at home in the event your dog returns on its own.
· Before you run screaming down the street, think about where you pet might have gone and why. Is there a female dog in heat nearby? Did a loud noise or fireworks scare them? Could they have run after a family member that left the house? Are there children playing nearby? Do you take the same routes when you go for a walk? Do you have a people-friendly dog that might have approached a neighbor? Answering these questions could help you decide where to begin your search.
· Ask everyone that you see, including delivery drivers or postal workers. This is why having a photo of your dog is so important.
· Post photos and area online to Facebook, Twitter, your local shelter’s social media, and anywhere else that might draw attention to your lost pup.
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· Make fliers with your dog’s name, photo and vital information. Be sure to include your contact information. *There will probably be bogus reports but if one is a successful lead, it is worth it.
· Call and visit local shelters every day.
· Contact local vets and see if anyone has brought your dog to them.
· Begin searching Craig’s List and other internet sales sites.
· Never stop searching and hoping. Dogs have been returned eight years after disappearing.
*July is Pet Safety and Lost Pet Prevention month. Please do a quick check around your house to ensure your home and yard is pet-friendly.
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