Every Pet Parents Nightmare – Tips to Prevent a Lost Pet

notice of lost puppyWith the Fourth of July responsible for so many pet separations,

July has become National Lost Pet Prevention Month. It is intended to bring awareness to the importance of prevention when it comes lost animals. Doing your part to prevent your pet from getting lost is a bare necessity when it comes to being responsible.If you’re questioning your prevention proficiency, here are a few tips to prevent a lost pet.

Recall Works Wonders.

If there is one thing you should train your pet to do, it’s come when called. If you realize your pet got out quickly enough, you may be able to recover them simply by calling their name.

Keep ‘em Contained.

Make sure doors to the home and gates outside are always latched closed. If you can’t ensure that, consider a crate or baby gate so they can’t make a break for the door.

If your pet keeps getting out, figure out how they’re doing it and fix the problem. Whether it’s a hole under the fence, a short wall they jump over, or something else, find and fix whatever’s allowing them to get out. If they’re really stumping you, consider setting up a makeshift security camera for a day.

Proper I.D.

We know we say it all the time but tags and chips have one purpose. That purpose is to reunite you with your pet should they ever get lost. Make sure tags and chips are up-to-date and secure. If your pet is an escape artist it’s crucial that their collar stays on anytime during the day they could possibly get out.

Have Proof.

Whether it’s a vet bill, or something else, it’s important to be able to prove you’re the animal’s owner. You may run into someone who’s looking out for the pet and won’t release them to just anybody.  Or, scarily someone who’s trying to claim they’re the owner. In any case, it’s best to have irrefutable evidence that your pet’s home is with you.

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