National Lost Pet Awareness Month: Keep Your Dog Safe

July is Pet Loss Prevention Month and is a campaign spearheaded by PetHub as a way to raise awareness of the importance of not only microchipping your dog, but to making certain he or she is wearing a collar with your up-to-date contact information.

Many pet parents put a leash and collar on their dogs when they let them outside or take them for a walk, but we recommend your pets wear their collars at all times — even when they’re in the house. If your dog decides to make a run for it, and he’s not wearing a collar with a tag and your contact information, how will you bring him back home?

National Lost Pet Awareness Month: Keep Your Dog Safe

We can’t imagine living through the loss of a dog simply because he got scared and ran away or if he dug his way under a fence. Imagine, too, if you’re on a car trip or on vacation with your dog in an unfamiliar location and your dog escapes? She will have no familiar landmarks and fear could keep her on the move. This is another time when it is important to assure your dog is continually wearing a collar with a visible tag with your contact info on it.

Tips to keep your dogs safe from being lost or stolen:

  1. Microchip.
  2. Collar your pets and make certain their collars feature a tag with your contact information on it. Microchips are a good idea, but if the person who finds your dog isn’t aware of microchipping and isn’t willing to take your lost dog to a vet to be scanned, it won’t help reunite you. Also, not all chips can be scanned by all scanners — they must be compatible.
  3. Keep them away and teach them to stay away from open doors.
  4. Don’t let your dog run loose in the neighborhood.
  5. If you have a fenced in yard, check the fence for areas in which your dog could escape. Keep your dog’s collar on when in the fenced in yard.

Tips to find a pet:

  1. Call local shelters and animal control agencies.
  2. Hang fliers
  3. Share photos and information on Facebook. Ask your friends and family to share
  4. Put a notice in the newspaper
  5. Search where you last saw your dog. Search in the early morning or early evening hours when it’s quiet and your pet might not be as afraid
  6. Leave an item of your clothing outside as your pet might scent it and find his way home
  7. Call local veterinarian’s offices and report your dog missing
  8. Knock on the doors of your neighbors and ask them to look for your dog.

To keep your pet safe from getting lost or stolen, keep him away from doors and make sure he is always wearing a collar with your contact information so you can be reunited.

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