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How to Prepare for Every Pet Parent’s Worst Nightmare: A Missing Pet

How to Prepare for Every Pet Parent’s Worst Nightmare: A Missing Pet

Missing pets! One of the biggest fears of any pet parent is losing their beloved fur baby. It’s a big world out there, and sometimes, pets can, and do wander off to explore it. Rather than get caught off-guard, why not plan for a lost-pet scenario now so that if the fateful day ever comes, you’ll be better to equipped to deal with it. To help you stay calm, cool, and collected if the unthinkable happens, here are some handy tips on how to prepare for a missing pet.

Collars with pet ID tag

This may seem like a no-brainer, but ensuring your pet is wearing a secure collar with a name tag is one of the most popular and affordable ways for people to identify your lost pet. The ID tag should have current contact information. Also, make sure the information is readable. An illegible dog or cat tag is nothing more than pet bling.

Microchip

Thanks to today’s technology, keeping tabs on your pet has never been easier. About the size of a grain of rice, a tiny microchip is implanted in the loose skin between your pet’s shoulder blades, containing identifying information that can easily be scanned by veterinarians or shelters. If you are looking for a permanent solution to pet identification, microchipping your pet is a must.

Tattooing

Tattooing is another effective option to help identify a missing pet. Usually done on the inside of the thigh or right ear of your pet while they are under anesthetic when getting spayed or neutered or getting dental cleaning, tattooed ID codes are easily visible, providing permanent proof of ownership. In combination with ID tags, tattooing is a lasting option to trace your lost pet.

Pet finder websites

Pet finder websites are also a good place to start if you’ve searching for a lost pet. There are a variety of organizations dedicated to helping pet owners reunite with their missing cats or dogs, including Petlynx, The Center for Lost Pets, and your local SPCA. Websites like Craigslist can also be a handy resource when it comes to finding your lost cat or dog.

Current pet pictures

It’s always a good idea to have some up-to-date photos of your furry friend. To help make identification easier, snap some photos of your pet and store them on your computer or smartphone. If your pet goes missing, you’ll have a recent and easily accessible picture to post, print, and pass around, helping to speed up the retrieval process.

There are a host of options out there to help you find your missing pet. The key to remember is that there is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Using a combination of these methods will help ensure your furry pal is safe and sound.

Let us know what you think. Which option(s) do you think is the most effective at finding your pet?

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I Lost my Pet, What do I do First?

I Lost my Pet, What do I do First?

May is Chip Your Pet Month and we’re talking about what you can do if your 4-legged bestie goes missing. Every year millions of pets go missing. About 26% of dogs return home, but for cats it’s less than 5%. Proper ID tags can only do so much and your pet may lose his collar while on the run. Using a more permanent form of identification like a microchip or tattoo can increase the chances your fuzzy bestie returns home.

If you’ve ever lost a pet you know it’s heartbreaking. When you realize your fuzzy, 4-legged buddy is missing it can be hard to focus on what to do next. Here are 4 things you can do to start your search:

1. Search your Home and Spread the Word –

You haven’t seen your pet in the last day and you’re worried she’s missing. The ASPCA recommends the following first steps:

• Determine that your pet is actually missing and not trapped or hiding in the house. Ask your family members/roommates when and where they last saw your pet
• Carefully take a look around the house paying special attention to places your pet likes to hide
• Try shaking the food dish or treat bag to lure your pet from their hiding spot (you can do this outside on your search too)

If you’re sure your pet is definitely not in your home it’s time to expand your search.

2. Neighbourhood Search

Enlist the help of neighbours, friends, and family members to search the neighbourhood for your pet. If you don’t find your pet the first time out don’t lose hope, “Missing Pet” posters can be a big help. There are a lot of poster templates available online. Missing Pet Partnership has some great tips you can use to punch up your poster:

• Make the poster GIANT
• Use colours that are easily visible and eye-catching
• Place posters in busy areas, in areas where your pet was last seen, and near where your pet went missing
• Be brief
• Choose a good quality picture that shows your pet in detail

For more of their great tips visit: http://www.missingpetpartnership.org/recovery-tips/posters-5555/

3. Online and Social Media

There are plenty of websites designed to help you find your pet: Petlynx and Petfinder are just 2 options. Your local SPCA, Humane Society, or city-run animal centre is a good place to start. Contact these places via their website or Facebook page.
There are many Facebook pages dedicated to helping people find their pets. Search Facebook for “missing pets in” and include your area.
Online classified sites like Kijiji and Craigslist have pages dedicated to missing pets. Your post will move down the list as time goes on. But be careful when using these sites, there are scammers who will promise to return your pet to you for a price.

4. Veterinary Clinics

There’s always a chance that your pet has been injured and someone has brought her to a nearby vet. Contact the local veterinary clinics to ask if your pet is there.

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Check out the sources used to write this blog:
• Lost a Pet? – http://www.spca.bc.ca/pet-care/lost-and-found/lost-a-pet.html
• Posters – http://www.missingpetpartnership.org/recovery-tips/posters-5555/
• Finding a Lost Pet – http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/finding-lost-pet

Protecting your Pets from Poisons

Protecting your Pets from Poisons

There are a lot of items in everyday life that are dangerous for your pets. You may not even realize that the cleaners or plants you have can make your dog or cat sick. This blog covers the most common pet poisons as well as some common misconceptions about pet poisons.

If you Think your Pet has Ingested a Poison

If your pet eats something poisonous call your vet or the Pet Poison Helpline immediately at 800-213-6680. If you think your pet has been poisoned here is a link to Pet Poison Helpline’s Emergency Instructions

Common Pet Poisons

These lists are the most common items that poison dogs and cats; they are based on Pet Poison Helpline’s call volume.

Dogs
  1. Chocolate
  2. Mouse and rat poisons
  3. Vitamin and mineral supplements (D3, iron, etc.)
  4. NSAIDS (ibuprofen, naproxen, etc.)
  5. Cardiac medications (beta-blockers, etc.)
  6. Cold and allergy medications (pseudoephedrine, etc.)
  7. Antidepressants (SSRIs, etc.)
  8. Xylitol and other sweeteners
  9. Pain killers (Tylenol, etc.)
  10. Caffeine Pills
Cats
  1. Topical spot-on insecticides
  2. Household cleaners
  3. Antidepressants
  4. Lilies
  5. Insoluble oxalate plants – calla lilies, arrowhead, peace lily, philodendron, umbrella plant, and other plants in the Araceae family, (a more in depth list of plants that are poison to cats and dogs can be found here)
  6. Human and veterinary NSAIDS – (ibuprofen, naproxen, etc.)
  7. Cold and flu medications – (Tylenol, etc.)
  8. Glow sticks
  9. ADD/ADHD medications and amphetamines
  10. Mouse and rat poisons

If your pet will eat anything it’s especially important to make sure that you keep your medications and supplements out of reach. Here are some other common poisons listed on the ASPCA website:

  • Household items – cleaning products and fire logs
  • People food – grapes, garlic/onions, raisins, avocado, coffee, salt, alcohol
  • Veterinary medications
  • Plants – American holly, aloe, apricot, and others
  • Lawn and garden products – fertilizers with bone meal and other animal products
  • Antifreeze

Common Misconceptions

Here are a few items that you may think are safe for your pet but you should keep them away from:

  • Milk – milk isn’t poisonous for cats but it isn’t healthy for them either. Cats don’t digest milk well and it can cause vomiting and diarrhea
  • Toilet water – in general toilet water isn’t dangerous for your pets. There is a risk that your pet can catch a bacterial infection from stagnant toilet water. Your pet might also experience stomach pain after drinking the water from a recently cleaned toilet bowl
  • Flea and tick medications – not all flea and tick medications are suitable for both cats and dogs. Flea and tick treatments containing permethrin can be deadly to cats

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