Did you know that 10 million pets are lost in the US every year? This is a huge number, and only about 10% of them ever get reunited with their owners. If you have lost your pet before, then it can be tough to go through that again. So what can you do to make sure this doesn’t happen? Read on for some great tips!
What is Lost Pet Prevention Month?
PetHub started National Lost Pet Prevention Month in 2014 to focus the nation on bringing awareness to safe pet practices. Throughout the month, pet industry professionals join together to discuss a range of information involving lost pets and how to prevent them. During Lost Pet Prevention Month, pet parents will have the opportunity to hear from industry experts and learn new tips for staying connected with their dog. They’ll also connect with other people who are already pet lovers.
What Can We do to Prevent Our Pets Getting Lost?
While there is no guaranteed way to never lose your pet, there are things you can do to lower the risk and improve your chances of getting them home. We can’t stress the importance enough of havingmultiple identification methods, including: external ID tag, microchip, GPS trackers, and additional tools like travel crate tags and photo ID wallet cards.
The lost pet prevention tips in this post can be applied to dogs, cats and other pets. Birds can fly off so a ring and a GPS tracker is ideal for them. Tortoises can dig and hide or wander out of your garden, these need to be microchipped too.
Train your dog to never leave your side
Some people might think that their pet won’t ever run away, but it’s a good idea to train your dog not to leave your side. You can work with them using treats and toys, and positive reinforcement to ensure you have a solid recall before letting them off the leash when you’re out.
Keep your dogs on a leash
Some dogs might not be happy with being leashed, but it’s one of the best ways to ensure they don’t wander off. You can start by keeping them close when you’re out on walks and gradually lengthen the leash distance as they learn how to come back when called or ignore distractions. A long line is ideal for this ( not a flexi-lead) as you can tie knots in it at 1 metre intervals so you can let the line slip through your hands and then stop at a knot. Long lines can be up to 10m in length which is an ideal distance to give your dog the feeling of freedom, but without the worry of running off.
Microchipping your pet
Microchipping your pet is a simple way to help lost pets find their owners. It’s the size of a grain of rice and will be implanted under your pet’s skin between their shoulder blades. The chip contains an ID number that can be used by vets or shelters in order to re-unite lost dogs with their owners. You must make sure you update your details with the microchip database if you move house.
ID collar tags
One great way to help lost dogs find their owners is with an ID collar tag. These are inexpensive and can be engraved or printed on both sides with your contact details, address, name and phone number of the owner.
Keep your garden secure
If you have a pet living in your house, make sure they are not able to get out on the property. Pets who find themselves lost can often do so by getting through an open gate or door left unattended for just one minute.
Get a pet GPS tracker
You may want to use an electronic device a pet GPS tracker which will play a sound when they are out of range so that you are alerted. You can use the accompanying app on your smartphone to help you track and find them.
What Should I Do if My Pet Gets Lost?
If you’ve lost your pet, what should you do? First, it’s important to know that the sooner they are found, the better their chances of being reunited with their owners.
- Create a flyer with your lost pet’s information
2. Put up flyers in the neighborhood where you think your pet might be
3. Contact local shelters and animal control to see if anyone has found your pet
4. Offer a reward to incentivise people to find your missing pet
5. Ask friends, family members, and neighbors for help finding your lost pet
6.Use social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to share information about your lost pet in hopes of finding them quickly
7. If it has been more than 24 hours since you last saw your missing pet, contact the local police department for assistance
8.. Check back periodically with the animal shelter for updates on potential sightings of your missing companion!
9. Stay calm – there are many ways that you can find out where they are or who has them!
Pet Recovery Service
Registering them with a pet recovery service is also helpful, as they will be able to scan through different databases and find out if they have been handed in somewhere.
National Lost Pet Prevention Month – Spread The Awareness
National Lost Pet Prevention Month focuses on giving owners the facts they need to help prevent their pets from becoming lost.
It is important that you register your lost or found pet with a service such as Pethub so that it can be scanned through different databases and find out if they have been handed in somewhere and you can be reunited.
National Lost Pet Prevention Month
Helping prevent you losing your pets