There are few things more heartbreaking than not knowing where your pet is. If you’ve ever had a pet go missing, you know what we’re talking about. For those who’ve never experienced this, we’d like to help keep that streak going by providing some suggestions on how to keep your furry best friend safe in honor of Lost Pet Prevention Month.
Know Your Pet’s Triggers
For many pets, loud noises can make them want to bolt. Especially during the holidays when there are loud parties and fireworks taking place, keep a close eye on your pet at all times. And when possible, minimize the trauma that noise causes your pets by putting them in a space where there will be little noise to scare them.
Learn to Thwart Escape Artists
Some pets are virtual furry Houdinis and find surprising ways to get out of the house or yard. If you have one of these escape artists, make note of all their potential escape routes and take measures to secure those areas.
Collar and Tag Your Pets
A tried and true method is to make certain your pet is wearing a collar with up-to-date tags at all times. Make certain the tags include your contact information so anyone who finds your pet can easily reach out to you.
Microchip Your Pets
Microchipping has become one of the most common ways to ensure your pet is returned if they do get lost. Inserted just under the skin, a microchip contains identifying information to help reunite lost pets with their owners. Anyone who finds an animal that appears to be lost, can take them to get scanned at a vet’s office, a local shelter or at most pet stores, making it easier to reunite the pet with their owner.
Add GPS to Your Pet’s Tags
Just like you can track your mobile devices using GPS, you can track a mobile pet with the addition of GPS-trackable tags. You simply add the tracking tag to your pet’s collar and as long as the collar stays on the pet, you’ll be able to track their location.
Who to Contact if Your Pet is Lost
If the unthinkable happens and your pet goes missing, the first thing you should do is contact the local shelters to see if someone has turned them in, as this is often the initial stop for people who find a missing pet. After you’ve checked all the shelters, look to social media, as there are often community pages for lost pets. And of course, post a picture of your pet and allow it to be shared with others to increase the chances of someone recognizing your animal.
We understand how important your pets are to you and that you want to keep them safe. To help with this, during the month of July you can bring your pet in and have them microchipped for the special price of just $20. There’s no time like the present to ensure your pets can be reunited with you if they wander off. Give us a call today about our microchip special to help keep your pet safe and secure at home.