Did you know that June is Lost Pet Prevention Month? This is a very important topic, if also a sad one. As many as one in three pets are lost or stolen at some point during their lives. That’s a pretty sobering statistic! While we hope all of our patients stay safe and sound at home, this is one area where it definitely pays to take some precautions. Here, a local vet lists a few things you can do to keep your beloved pet from getting lost.
Never underestimate the importance of training your canine buddy. Fido should know basic obedience commands, such as Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down. This is very important, as that training can help keep your pet from running awayiif you drop his leash or if he slips out the door.
Secure The Yard
We love it when our canine patients have yards to run and play in. However, Fido definitely has a taste of adventure, and is not above sneaking out to go exploring. Make sure that your fencing is secure, and that your pup can’t go over, under, or through it. We also recommend getting a self-latching gate.
Keep Dogs Leashed
Even if Fido is well-trained and a very good boy, it’s always safest to keep him leashed whenever you take him off your property. This is one area where it’s definitely better to be safe than sorry!
This is a fairly new technology, and one we are thrilled to see gaining steam. There are different products available, so do some research before purchasing one. You’ll want to look at reviews, of course, but it’s also important to check subscription fees and perks.
Keep Cats In
While Fluffy may love leaving dusty pawprints on your car or ignoring you when you call her, she’s much safer inside. Keeping your feline friend in won’t only greatly reduce the chances of her getting lost: it also protects her from hazards like cars, weather, and other animals.
The chances of pets getting lost do rise at certain times. Two of the most dangerous days are July 4th and New Years’ Eve. Thunderstorms also scare our furry pals. Be extra careful at these times!
Pets that are intact often try to go looking for love. If your pet hasn’t been fixed yet, make that appointment today!
Do you want to learn more about microchipping? Contact us, your local animal hospital, today!