National Lost Pet Prevention Month ~ July
It’s a startling statistic. Every two seconds in the U.S., a pet is lost. This adds up to 10 million pets lost a year, or one out of three pets getting lost in their lifetime. And a lot of distraught pet parents who want nothing more than their beloved pets back. While some pet parents might get their fur babies back, only one in ten pets return home. This is why PetHub created National Lost Pet Prevention Month to increase the awareness of lost, stolen or missing pets. PetHub specializes in getting lost pets home faster and safer by using current and new technologies that include QR code pet ID tags, NFC (near field communication) wireless technology, GPS mapping and real time notifications.
The most important, and first step that should be taken is to make sure that a pet has a collar that has the most up to date information. Along with a microchip and a lost pet locator that can be purchased from PetHub if the pet parent chooses an extra level of security. Dogs are faster than us, so picking the right collar makes a big difference. If it’s too loose, it can easily slip over a pets head, and they can take off. Retractable leashes can also be an issue, the material might not be enough to hold back a larger dog who definitely wants to catch that squirrel running up the tree.
Making sure that it’s harder for a pet to escape in the first place makes a difference as well. A sturdy fence that pets can’t burrow under or jump over is the best chance of giving a pet a chance to explore, but in the security of a space close to their home. Even if a property is bigger, take a piece of the land and do your pet a favor. The peace of mind of knowing that a pet will come home safely outweighs the negatives. If it’s a cat, there are examples of DIY screened in porches that will still give them the opportunity to experience outside without wandering off. But fences and porches won’t help if a pet decides to escape in the middle of them being transported somewhere. Again, collars are important since dogs have been known to break them and cats need to be put in a carrier that is securely fastened at all times.
Lastly, training is key. Teaching a pet to not go beyond their yard, having them sit and stay at the door when coming or going will cut down on the chances of them wandering away from home. Keep all these tips in mind, and also visit www.pethub.com to learn more and for the latest on lost pet technology.