Did you know that July is National Lost Pet Prevention Month? This movement was created to educate pet parents about loss prevention and increase the likelihood of reuniting with your pet if they get lost. In light of this month, we’ve decided to compile a list of helpful tips to keep in mind when enjoying nature with your four-legged loved ones.
Use a proper leash and collar
This is an important tip for both dog and cat owners! Collar types, sizes, and purpose can vary depending on the animal. If your cat ventures onto your property, a breakaway collar is a good idea in case they get snagged on any sticks or branches. As for dog owners, Cesar Millan, the Dog Whisperer, released a great article on choosing the right leash and collar for your dog. Also make sure to include proper identification tags on your pets collar at all times, with up to date contact and vaccine information.
Microchip your pet
According to the Ontario SPCA, microchipping your pet is the only permanent method of identifying your pet and linking the animal back to you if they get lost. Similar to a vaccination, microchipping is quick, painless and requires little to no recovery. The 24PetWatch microchip is the size of a grain of rice and can safely remain imbedded in the animals skin for a lifetime. This microchip is linked to the owners contact information and can be scanned at a humane society or vet clinic. This is important to keep in mind if you find a lost pet as well!
Losing a pet or having a pet run away can be a tough and stressful situation. Being prepared ahead of time for these emergency situations and having a plan in place so you can act as quick as possible will help save you time in the midst of concern. Having all records and required information in one place, as well as an up-to-date photo of your pet will help with getting the word out there and spreading the news of your lost pet.
Use available resources
There are many websites for pet owners to use in the face of a lost pet: Lost Pets Ontario is an online database for lost and found pets, which use GPS maps to help locate pets geographically. There are also numerous local Facebook groups to join and post in. Through Healthy Pets, you can also connect with a veterinarian, on demand, to create a game plan if your pet gets lost, or determine if they need help once found. Click here to speak with a veterinarian today and make the first move toward lost pet prevention!