June is Lost Pet Prevention Month! While sad, this is a really important topic. As many as one in three pets are stolen or lost at some point in their lives. 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’s best to take some precautions. Here, a vet lists some ways to keep your beloved pet from getting lost.
Keep Kitty In
While Fluffy may love ignoring you when you call her or leaving dusty pawprints on your car, she’s still 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, such as Come, Heel, Sit, Stay, and Lay Down. This is very important, since that training can help keep your pooch from running off if he slips out the door or you drop his leash.
Fido has quite a taste of adventure, and is not above sneaking out the house 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 aren’t fixed are also at greater 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 make sure he’s leashed whenever you take him off your property. Better safe than sorry!
Lost pet reports tend to go up significantly at certain times. Two of the biggest concerns are New Years’ Eve and July 4th, when the noise of fireworks scares many pets, causing them to run in fear. Thunderstorms can also scare our furry pals. Be extra careful at these times!
This is a newer technology, and one we are happy to see. There are different types of these, so make sure you do some research before purchasing one. You’ll want to look at reviews, of course, but it’s also important to check options for perks and subscription fees.
Do you want to learn more about microchipping? Contact us, your local animal clinic, today!
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