Help Prevent Losing a Pet: 5 Tips
Your pet has escaped from the small gap in the fence, which for weeks, you have intended to repair. Your heart sinks. He’s more than a pet; he’s your best friend. He could be anywhere. He could be in danger. And at this time, your mind can only imagine worst-case scenarios. Quickly, you implement steps to find him.
One in three pets will become lost at some point during their life. Help prevent a lost pet with these five tips.
- Keep a collar and I.D. tag on your pet at all times. Make sure information is accurate for your phone number and address.
- Microchip your pet so if scanned at a veterinary clinic or shelter, his identification code will direct to you. A study showed microchipped dogs and cats returned to their owners 33% more often than pets who were not microchipped. HomeAgain has reunited more than 2 million lost pets with their families. For minimal cost, you can help ensure your pet’s homecoming, which is priceless.
- Attach your pet's rabies tag to his collar, so people know he is vaccinated against this deadly zoonotic disease. A rabies tag also can lead finders to his veterinary clinic, a direct link to you!
- Spaying and neutering reduces a pet’s natural instinct to roam, keeping him closer to home. According to the ASPCA, 75% of owned pets are spayed or neutered, but only 10% of animals coming into shelters are spayed or neutered.
- Keep your dog on a leash to discourage him from wandering, or chasing wildlife. Once on the scent, an off-leash pet could go down a bunny trail that results in him losing his way back home.