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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.


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 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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