The loss of a dog is a nightmare for pet lovers. Nobody wants to experience the stress of searching a lost furry friend, and sleepless nights worrying whether your furry bundle of joy is safe and alive can take a toll on your health. While there are several reasons why and how pets go missing, here are a few tips to prevent your dog from going missing.
Keep an Eye on Your Dog
It may sound like a no-brainer but the easiest way to keep your dog safe is to see where he or she is at all times. The operative word here is See! Seeing is different from knowing.
Yes, you may know that your dog is playing in your yard, but if you don’t have an eye out, your furry friend could have dug out, run out of an open gate, or worse, been stolen by a dog thief.
Same goes when you’re walking your dog. Do not leave your pooch tied to a parking meter outside a building. Anything can happen to your dog especially when you aren’t around to protect him or her. They could slip the collar, chew through the leash, or be stolen.
Make Sure Your Dog’s Leash is Safe and Working
It is important to use a good leash before going out for a walk. Do not take your dog off-leash even if you’re just checking the mailbox. Anything can happen in a split second. Your pooch may want to chase a squirrel or rabbit across the road, and most likely, you won’t be able to catch him.
Unfortunately, this could result in your dog getting lost, injured, or killed in an accident.
Give Your Dog a Nice, Sturdy Collar
A good collar should fit your dog’s neck nicely. It keeps your dog from slipping out of it and getting loose. Your dog’s collar can also provide an easy way to identify your furry friend. Make sure your dog’s collar has your contact information so there is a good chance of getting your dog back.
Make sure that you regularly check the fit of the dog collar, as it is likely to stretch out over time or get worn out.
Have Your Dog Microchipped
You can have your pooch microchipped at the vet. Microchipping involves implanting a tiny chip under your dog’s skin. Your pooch won’t feel any pain during the process.
If your dog loses his collar, this is another way to identify your dog, though this shouldn’t be a substitute for the collar and ID.