Here we are approaching the dog days of summer. Don’t let this summer be a bummer. This is the time of year where we all spend countless hours outside enjoying what mother nature has given us. Vacationing and backyard parties, and exploring what the warm weather months have to offer are among a few of the summertime bounties at our disposal. Our pets are no different then we are in the exploration of the dog days of summer.
Every year lost pet cases increase during the Summer months. The tips below will help in pet owners being prepared for that instance when your four legged family member has decided to explore the neighborhood. Being prepared will cut down the amount of time your pet will be away from it’s family, lessening the anxiety of finding a lost pet.
1) Dog Licenses – License your pet with your local municipality. Most require a current rabies certificate and a small fee to obtain a license for your pet. For your feline friends check with your local animal control office as some do not require them to be licensed. A reliable and comfortable pet collar is recommended to keep the tag on your pet.
2)Dog/Name tags – Basic information is a must. Your pets name, your name, phone number and address will assist in the safe return of your pet. Also, keep your contact information current on the tags. Many times owners will move or change phone numbers, but not update the information needed for a much quicker return of your family member.
3)Microchip – Contact your veterinarians office for their advice on which service is recommended. This is a permanent I.D. chip embedded just under the pets skin. Unlike dog tags these can never fall off. Most Veterinarians and animal control offices have scanners that can read the chips. This is a must if you travel with your pet. Once again it is crucial to keep your contact information up to date for the reasonably priced chips. For more detailed information follow this link from the Humane Society. http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/microchips.html
4)GPS pet collars – These smart collars have GPS systems so you can track you pets movements anywhere. The service works with any computing device or smart phone. As with any device that runs on batteries a full charge is very important. Follow this link for a suggested comparison http://www.organic-pet-digest.com/dog-tracking-collars.html
5)Photos of your pet – Keep photos handy of your pets. A couple on your phone and at home will assist in giving an accurate description of your loved one to neighbors and first responders.
6)Animal Control – Most cities and counties have an animal control or animal services agency. Find their contact information and store in your cell phone and at home. Most animals that are lost from their owners will at some point have contact with the local animal services agency.
7) Home Check – Ensure that all gates, doors, and fences are pet proof so your pet does not explore their way out off of your property and onto city streets. If your pet has found a way out inevitably they will find that option again to continue exploring.
8) Proper collars, leads and leashes – During the Summer it is the best time to take your four legged friend for walks in the neighborhood, the local park, etc. Outfit you pet with the correct size of collar, lead or leash to help prevent injuries, as well as, escapes while on theses outings. Most pet stores will gladly assist you with fitting your pet with the proper equipment.
If you follow any combination of these tips, The success of finding your lost pet will increase ten fold. Preparation is the key to prevention. You can obtain ultimate satisfaction as a pet owner by using these tips, which are a small consideration to being a responsible pet owner.
Have a safe Summer!
Author, Matt Cole – PetBest.com product specialist
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