Lost Dog Awareness Day is APril 23rd. Did you know that over 10 million cats and dogs are lost or stolen every year? There’s no way to plan for every possible occasion where your beloved pet could get out. However, there are things you can do to keep him safe, and reduce the risk of him getting out. A Washington DC vet lists some key ones below.
First and foremost, make sure that your canine companion knows and obeys basic commands, such as Sit, Stay, and, of course, Come. Take time with this training, and work with your pooch in various areas.
Your four-legged friend should always be leashed when you take him off your property. Make sure that the leash is sturdy, and not in danger of breaking. If you use a retractable leash, replace it if the mechanism is starting to jam.
Do you have a yard for your canine buddy to run and play in? Make sure that your fencing is secure, so Fido can’t go over, under, or through it. We also recommend getting a self-latching gate.
A microchip is very small, about the size of a grain of rice. However, it may one day save your furry pal’s life! If Fido hasn’t been microchipped yet, make that appointment as soon as you can.
Microchips are very important, but they don’t negate the need for ID tags. In fact, tags are still the most important type of identification your pup can have. Make sure the information is correct! We also recommend adding the word ‘Reward’ to the text.
One new invention we’re thrilled about is the GPS collar. There are several different things to consider here, such as range, perks, and whether or not it requires a subscription. Do some research before buying!
This is another good tool to have in your arsenal. Some collars have remote controls that light up the collars. That can definitely be useful at night!
If your canine pal hasn’t been fixed yet, get this done ASAP. Dogs that are still intact are often very interested in going looking for love. (Bonus: Fido will also be calmer and better behaved after.)
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