Pet Detective Jim Berns


Lost Pet Prevention

Check-list of things to do before your dog goes missing.

Tips provided to you by the professional Pet Detectives at / 800-925-2410

Create a plan in advance! Hopefully your dog will never go missing. However, the annual statistics on missing pets are shocking. Over 10 million pets go missing every year. That translates into 1 out of every 3 pets are lost! One of the best things you can do to prevent this from happening to your newly adopted friend is to follow the steps below.

Remember: Newly adopted dogs are at a higher risk of being lost because they are in a new environment and are stressed. Keep a close eye on them.

  1. Make sure your dog ALWAYS has a collar and tags on. Check your pet frequently to ensure that the collar is in place and that license tags and your pet’s ID tags are there and legible. If you leave your pet alone, consider safe collars that do not allow your pet to get stuck. Consider or ID tags should have your phone number and a back-up phone number, such as a friend’s number. This way if you move or your phone is out of order there is an alternative number. We also suggest “Reward 4 Return – Recompensa.” Do not let groomers, pet sitters or the dog being at home convince you into taking off their collar. It is your dog’s ticket home. Except for surgery, there is absolutely no time when your pet should not be wearing ID.

  2. Get to know your neighbors. In a lost pet emergency you will want to have some allies in your neighborhood to help with the search. Introduce them to your pet.

  3. Do not trust strangers with your pet. Sometimes that even includes pet sitters or family members. Almost 70% of pets are lost by someone known to the pet owner. Never leave small pets alone outside. Pet theft does happen and coyotes can climb a 6 foot fence!

  4. Get your dog microchipped or tattooed - and register it. If your pet carries a microchip or tattoo have that number with you at all times in your wallet. If you move, make sure you update the registered information.

  5. Make sure you have recent photos of your dog. Take pictures from different angles and with different backgrounds. These should be readily available on your computer and printed out.

  6. Create an emergency file with contacts. This should include local Pet Detectives, shelters, rescue groups, local veterinary clinics, emergency veterinary clinics, and possible volunteers.

  7. Make an emergency pet kit. The kit should include disaster preparedness items, but also items incase your pet goes missing. Include: a map of your area, sheets of giant neon poster board, big black markers, duct tape, business cards or similar with your phone number, and a heavy-duty staple gun.

  8. Frequently check your locks, doors, windows and fence for possible escape passages. Not only look for ways for your pet to escape, but ways for people and coyotes to get in!

  9. Keep your cell phone with you when walking your dog. You will need to call friends and family for help immediately. Also, keep some business cards or pieces of paper with your phone number in your pocket. If your pet goes missing you will want to have these to give to people you see.

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