Pets are part of the family; therefore, it is heartbreaking when one of your beloved pets ends up lost or stolen. Fortunately, there are safeguards you can do to help prevent the unimaginable from happening.
1. Keep Your Pet Collared and Tagged
A collar and a tag with your up-to-date contact information ensure that should your pet get out and it is found, it will be easy for someone to contact you and let you know where your pet is. Pet identification tags are relatively inexpensive; therefore, if you’ve recently moved or changed your phone number, you can get a new one that can ultimately save you an enormous amount of time searching for your pet.
2. Microchip Your Pet
Like an identification tag, a microchip is an implanted form of identification that allows your pet to be scanned to reveal your information. A microchip with your information also serves as proof of ownership if your animal is stolen; therefore, it is beneficial to get your pet microchipped. Be sure to always update the information with your pet’s microchip should you move or change your phone number.
3. Secure Your Pet’s Surroundings
In order to ensure your pet cannot get out of your home or yard, be diligent about shutting gates, doors, and windows. Also, check around fences and gates to ensure there are no areas where your pet is digging, creating holes where he can escape.
4. Keep Your Pet Safe When Outside Your Home
To ensure your pet’s safety and prevent him from escaping, keep your dog on a leash and your cat in a carrier when outside of his normal surroundings. Sometimes new environments can be stressful for animals or their curiosity may cause them to wonder. Therefore, it’s necessary to take precautions to protect your pet when they are in a new environment.
5. Spend Time Training Your Pet
Training, especially for a dog, decreases the likelihood that your pet will feel uncomfortable in a new environment and run away as a result. Training enables you to create trust with your dog, and it is much more likely your pet will respond to you if he somehow gets off his leash when outside.
If you have an outdoor cat, create a routine that trains your pet to know what to expect. For example, feeding your cat at the same time every day allows you to check in to make sure she is safe.
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