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Collars: Make sure your pet has a collar that fits properly. Cats have been known to get their collars snagged on objects which causes the collar to break off. Use a piece of string to measure the animal's neck, adding two inches for comfort- this is the size that you need. To keep your cat from breaking their collar, check out Cat Break-away Collars. There is also a wide selection of Dog Collars.

Leashes: Make sure that whenever you and your pet are outdoors that your pet has on a leash. The great outdoors harbor a vast amount of distractions that may cause your pet to act erratically. A leash will prevent your pet from straying too far from you. Flexi-Retractable Leashes give your dog the feeling of freedom and movement it needs outside, and the Flexi one-hand braking system helps you restrain your dog and prevent your pet from getting lost.

Spay and Neuter: If your pet does become lost, this will help reduce the number of unwanted animals, as well as the frequency of euthanasia in shelters. It also reduces the incidents of aging diseases such as tumors.

Training: If you have a dog, behavioral training can be one of the most beneficial things you can do to prevent pet loss. Make sure your dog is familiar with being on a leash, and follows your simple commands such as Ďsit' and Ďstay.'

Finding Your Lost Pet

  • The Familiar: check the places that may be familiar to your pet.
  • The Unfamiliar: Look for your pet in unusual places in the home (storm drains, ditches, ventilation pipes.)
  • Advertise: Make big, easily noticeable signs that include a recent photo of your pet. Offer a reward, if possible. Put an ad in the newspaper or on the Internet.
  • Recruit: Go door-to door and ask your neighbors if they have seen your pet. Once they know about it, they may be able to help keep an eye out for your pet.
  • Contact: Call your veterinarians and shelters in the area. Give them your number in case they need to call you to confirm identity. Visit your local shelters everyday. You know what your pet looks like more than anyone else!
  • Don't give up: Pets who have been lost for months have been reunited with their owners.

Losing a pet can be a terrifying experience. Pets are part of the family, and you may feel helpless when they become lost without the means of finding their way home. The first thing to remember is that it can happen to anyone. Pets, though part of the family, are still animals. They can be easily distracted and wander off in the few seconds that you turn away from them. If you have lost a pet, donít panic; there are various ways of finding them. If you havenít lost your pet, now is the time to learn the best ways to avoid losing your friend.

Why Do Pets Run Away?

There are many factors as to why your pet may run away. It may be due to boredom or loneliness, fear from an unexpected event, or a sudden curiosity if doors or windows are left open. Cats and dogs are also known to wander off in search of their old, familiar surroundings if they have been recently relocated to a new home.

Loss Prevention

Enclosures: Make sure all of your fences, gates, windows and doors are secure. Pets have also been known to often escape from vehicles when left unattended.

Entertainment: Make sure that your pet doesnít get bored. Dogs love getting into trouble, and we all know what happens to the curious cat. Make sure your pet has plenty of differentToys & Treats to choose from. Rotate them around to maintain their interest. Add Greenies to their diet, or a Chew Bone.

Documentation: Insure that your petís paperwork is in order. This includes health certificates as well as photographs. Take pictures of your pet often. It is extremely beneficial if your pet does become lost, to display recent photographs that will aid in the identification of your pet.

Identification: Make sure you dog or cat has proper ID tags, that are updated regularly. It should have a phone number and street address with the city and state. A dog can cover 30 miles in just an hour. You can choose from a variety of Personalized ID tags, orDog-e-Tags.

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