It’s every pet parent’s worst nightmare: Getting separated and realizing your animal is lost. So how can you prevent it? Here are five ways to prevent a lost pet!
It seems so simple, doesn’t it? But one of the easiest ways to keep you and your pet from getting separated is to stay home. On days like the 4th of July, more pets than ever are separated from their owners. This is because pets get scared and confused in all the chaos of the holiday. Even normally well-behaved pets might startle at the sound of fireworks or a parade. The simplest way to avoid these hazards is to stay home. Stay indoors and lock your windows and doors. We also recommend turning on music or the TV to muffle “scary” noises like firecrackers.
A stressed-out pet is more likely to make a run for it, so we recommend using calming aids on days like July 4th and New Year’s Eve. Swaddle your pet in blankets or have them wear a ThunderShirt. You can also try giving them an herbal calming aid — we sell a few varieties at Adopt & Shop. Lastly, you can ask your vet if they recommend a prescription for anxiety.
Leash & Harness
As stated earlier, even the most well-behaved pets can get spooked and make a run for it. If you’re leaving home and won’t be somewhere with a locked fence, you absolutely must put your pet on a leash (yes, cats too!). We also recommend getting your pet a harness which prevents choking at the neck. Adopt & Shop offers every type of leash and harness imaginable for dogs and cats so you and your pet can safely stick together.
Collar and Identification Tags
The simplest way for someone to recognize a lost animal as someone’s pet is to look at their identification tag on their collar. Glancing at ID tags takes a split second and doesn’t require the use of a microchip scanner. This is why we require all animals adopted from our store to have ID tags. Each tag should have the pet’s name and your phone number. We carry a large number of tags in our store, big and small, in a variety of shapes and colors. We even engrave them for you on the spot!
But what if a lost pet slips out of their collar? How can they make their way back to their owner? This is where microchipping becomes so important. Microchips are the only permanent form of identification. They’re the next line of defense after ID tags. We offer microchipping at Adopt & Shop.
There are several misconceptions about microchips. What folks need to know is that microchips are not GPS trackers. Instead, microchips are tiny pieces of tech about the size of a grain of rice. Each microchip, when scanned, will produce a number. If the microchip is registered, the number will be connected to the pet owner’s contact information.
This is why registering your microchip is so crucial. Without registration, microchips simply do not work. You can register your pet for free with Michelson Found Animals at Found.org. Our registry is free to register, free to use and free to update.
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