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July is Lost Pet Prevention Month and I can’t think of a better time to share some tips for keeping your best friend safe. Did you know that 1 in 3 pets will be lost during their lifetime? As scary as that statistic is, it pales in comparison to the fact that only 2% of cats and 20% of dogs are reunited with their families. Those are heartbreaking numbers. What can you do to increase the odds that your pet will find its way back to you?
Here are a few tips to help
· Make sure your pet is wearing a collar. Many people will not try to help a dog or cat without a collar because they assume it is a stray or feral.
· Identification tags on their collar are the best way for someone to locate you. The tag can be engraved with your information or you can get a new digital tag like the ones from PetHub. They have a QR code imprinted on the back so a person with a smartphone can scan the code and immediately contact you. They can also contact the PetHub Company with the tag’s information number.
· Microchipping is always a great idea for your dog or cat. It is painless and can be scanned by any shelter or veterinary clinic. The problem with chips is the pet parents that fail to update their information. If you move, be sure to change the information with your microchip provider.
· Check for escape routes in your yard and house. Screens can be pushed out the windows, doors can be left open, gates ajar, and some dogs can dig under the fence. You can read how Pierre escaped from me a few weeks ago here.
· Keep complete records on your pet including veterinarian records and proof of ownership from shelter or organization where your pet is registered such as the AKC.
· Keep a current photograph of your pet available to share online or in the neighborhood.
In a perfect world, no pets would run away, be stolen or get lost. Unfortunately, we don’t live in that world. Please take the necessary precautions to ensure you and your pet remain together safe and happy.
For additional information on Lost Pet Prevention Month, visit PetHub. They have some awesome tags available or you can design your own. The clear circle is a silencer and I have them on all of my dog tags. Follow PetHub on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for deals and giveaways.
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