If you’re fortunate not to have ever experienced the torture of lost pets, there are things you can do to keep your pet safe and be prepared.
Here are some tips for preventing lost pets:
1. Tag or Microchip
ID tags are important for all pets regardless of if they go outside. The ID tag should have the pet’s name, your name, and a current phone number.
Add even more safety by microchipping your pet. The microchip is a small chip embedded under the skin and contains your pet’s information, your information, and even your vet.
If you choose to microchip your pet, keep the records up to date. A microchip clinic is scheduled for January 14 from 10 AM-Noon at Bear Brook Kennel in Brewer.
Can’t stop into the clinic?
Ask your veterinarian about the benefits of microchipping your pet. Then, find out when and where to do it.
Hate the jingle of tags?
Consider purchasing your pet a collar with their information sewn right in. Classic Hound, a Portland-based dog-centric company, offers a product called the “Take Me Home” ID Collar with an engraved buckle that contains the pet’s vital info (their name, owner’s name, phone number, and address). Other companies online offer custom collars that contain the pet’s information.
2. Train Them
January is national dog training month. It’s the perfect time to renew your connection with your dog while training some behaviors to keep them safe. The most basic commands, coupled with a trusting relationship with your dog, help them respond readily and prevent accidents.
For Information on Choosing a Dog Trainer
Visit the Association for Professional Dog Trainers at http://apdt.com/petowners.
3. Keep Your Pet Up-to-Date on Vaccinations
If your pet does get out, they may be exposed to things that can be dangerous to their health. By keeping up-to-date with vaccinations, you protect them at home and elsewhere.
4. Keep Recent Photos on Hand
Whether taken by you or a professional photographer, having recent photos of your pet in a readily accessible place helps if you ever need to get their image out quickly. Full-body photos and portraits work best.