June is Lost Pet Prevention Month! This is an important topic, if a sad one. An estimated one in three pets are lost or stolen at some point in their lifetimes. That’s a pretty sobering statistic. While we hope all of our patients are safe and sound at home, this is one area where it certainly pays to take some precautions. Here, a vet lists some ways to keep your beloved pet from getting lost.
Keep Kitty In
While most kitty companions love leaving dusty pawprints on your car or ignoring you when you call her, she’s so much safer inside. Keeping your kitty in won’t only reduce the chances of her getting lost: it also protects her from hazards like weather, cars, and other animals.
Fido should know basic obedience commands like the back of his paw, including Come, Heel, Sit, Stay, and Lay Down. This is very important, as that training can help keep your pooch from running off if you drop his leash or if he gets out the door.
Fido has quite a taste of adventure, and will readily sneak out to go exploring. Make sure that your fencing is secure, so your pooch can’t go under, over, or through it. We also recommend getting a self-latching gate.
Pets that haven’t been fixed are also at increased risk of being lost, as they often want to run off looking for love. If your furry pal is intact, make that appointment as soon as possible.
Even if Fido is really well-trained, it’s always safest to keep him leashed whenever you take him off your property. Better safe than sorry!
At certain times, lost pet reports tend to go up significantly. Two of the biggest concerns are July 4th and New Years’ Eve, when the noise of fireworks frightens many pets, causing them to run away in fear. Thunderstorms can also scare our furry pals. Be extra careful at these times!
This is a fairly new technology, and one we are happy to see. There are different types of these, so be sure to do some research before purchasing one. You’ll want to look at reviews, of course, but it’s also important to check options for subscription perks and fees.
Do you want to learn more about microchipping? Contact us, your local animal clinic, today!