Don’t Let Your Furry Friend Become a Statistic: Tips for Keeping Your Dog Safe During National Lost Pet Prevention Month

July is National Lost Pet Prevention Month, a timely reminder that summer’s fun can sometimes lead to furry friends going missing. With fireworks, barbecues, and open doors, the season presents unique challenges for keeping our canine companions safe.

Here’s a look at some common reasons dogs go missing in the summer, along with tips to ensure your pup stays happy and homebound:

Summertime Dangers:

  • Fourth of July Fireworks: The loud booms and flashes of fireworks can terrify even the calmest dog, sending them bolting in fear.
  • Open Doors and Gates: With the warmer weather, homes tend to be more open, creating escape opportunities for curious pups.
  • Summer Travel: If you’re taking your dog on a trip, unfamiliar surroundings can be disorienting, increasing the risk of them wandering off.
  • Increased Outdoor Activity: With more walks and hikes, there’s a chance your dog might slip out of a leash or harness.

Keeping Your Dog Safe:

  • Microchip and ID Tag: This is the golden rule of pet safety. A microchip, implanted under your dog’s skin, stores permanent identification information that can be scanned by shelters and vets. An ID tag with your current contact information is equally important.
  • Secure Your Property: Ensure your fence is in good repair and gates are properly latched. When outside, keep your dog on a leash, especially in unfamiliar areas.
  • Desensitization Training: If fireworks are a concern, gradually expose your dog to firework sounds at a low volume over time. Provide a safe space to crate or hide during loud celebrations.
  • Update Your Information: If you’re moving or changing phone numbers, ensure your dog’s microchip information is up-to-date.

National Lost Pet Prevention Month is a great reminder to be proactive about keeping our furry companions safe. By taking these simple precautions, you can ensure your dog enjoys the summer months with you, worry-free.

If Your Pet Goes Missing – Don’t Panic! Here’s How to Find Your Lost Pet

Our furry friends are escape artists sometimes! If your pet goes missing, stay calm and take action. Here are some tips to get them home safe:

  1. Search Immediately: Start by scouring your neighborhood, calling their name and checking familiar spots.
  2. Alert Everyone: Post flyers with a clear picture and description in your neighborhood. Let animal shelters, vets, and rescue groups know they’re missing.
  3. Harness the Power of Social Media: Share your lost pet post on Facebook, Nextdoor, and other platforms. Use relevant hashtags like #LostPet and #MissingDog/Cat.
  4. Microchip Magic: If your pet is microchipped, contact the microchip company to update their “lost” status. This helps shelters identify your pet.
  5. Expand Your Search: If days go by, consider widening your search area and contacting animal control in neighboring towns.

Remember, the sooner you act, the better the chance of a happy reunion! #LostPetPrevention #BringThemHome