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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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Road Trip Tips:

  • If you have a pet there’s a lot to consider when you go on vacation.  Today we’re going to focus on bringing your pup on road trips.
  • It’s the middle of the summer and lots of people are planning road trips.  If you’re going to take Rover with you you’ll need to plan for the following:
  • First things first, make sure your destination takes pets.  Here’s a hotel site that specializes in finding pet-friendly hotels:  http://www.officialpethotels.com/?refclickid=1385~G~&adposition=1s1&device=c&gclid=COOu9ozc07gCFa9fQgod4koAkw#axzz2aOrQXtsO
  • Before you book your stay here are some questions you might want to ask: http://www.petfriendly.ca/pet-travel/pet-policy.php#.UfXaMW0UVy0
  • Before you hop in the car and set off on your journey you’ll want to make sure Rover is up to date on his shots and medications.
  • Make sure you pack everything you’ll need for Rover.  Here is a checklist you might find helpful: http://www.petfriendly.ca/checklist.php#.UfXcVW0UVy0
  • Be prepared for the car ride.  You’ll need to have plenty of water for your pooch and plan to make frequent rest stops along your way.  It’s important to exercise your pooch before the long journey – your pet will be more likely to rest during the trip.  Also, feed your pooch early.  Rover will be less likely to be sick.  For more pet friendly road trip tips check out http://www.petfriendly.ca/pet-travel/road-trip.php#.UfXfRm0UVy0
  • Consider putting your pooch in a crate for the journey.  A crate can prevent a pooch from getting hurt.  If you don’t like the idea of a crate you may want to try a doggy seat belt.  The seat belt makes sure Rover is secure in the car. 

Here are a few more tips that will help you prepare for your road trip:

  • Trial run – take a few shorter drives with your pooch to see how he/she reacts
  • Don’t let your dog stick his/her head out the window – this may cause lung infections, ear damage, or other injuries
  • Second collar tag – add a second tag to your dog’s collar with the address of the place you’re staying
  • Don’t leave your dog in the car unattended
  • Use a window shade if your vehicles windows aren’t tinted

Note: above tips adapted from Mother Nature Network’s Laura Moss and PETA’s travel trips

For more tips you might want to check out the following websites

http://www.peta.org/living/companion-animals/tips-for-traveling-with-dogs.aspx

http://www.petfriendly.ca/pet-travel/#.UfXozm0UVy0

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