July is in full swing. Pets and pet parents are spending more time outside. This month is about pet safety: pet safety tips for July 4th, and keeping a pet first aid kit for home and travel. July is also Lost Pet Prevention Month.
You’re a good pet parent and try to keep your pet safe and away from danger. But sometimes a cat jumps the fence. Sometimes a dog escapes through an open door.
A lost pet can be a pet parent’s worst nightmare.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) said that about 75% of lost cats are returned home. Around 93% of lost dogs are found. And between 2007 and 2012, 15% of pet parents lost a cat or dog.
How Do Pets Get Lost?
The most common ways pets get lost is by escaping. Cats escape from an enclosed backyard. Dogs break away from a leash, or jump out of a car window.
Cats can get trapped in a basement, or get sick or injured and hide. They might be kidnapped.
Sometimes pets get scared and roam around, unable to find their way home.
Lost Pet Prevention Tips
- Put ID tags on your pet’s collar. Add reflective tape or buy a reflective collar or leash so you can quickly find your pet in the dark.
- Keep pets indoors. If your dog or cat is outdoors, keep a close eye on them to be sure they don’t escape. And indoor pets still need an ID tag on their collar.
- Microchip your pet. Some people bring lost pets to the veterinarian. Make sure your contact info is current in the microchip database.
Lost Dog Scenarios
Wander off. Some dogs escape from their new home or have trouble bonding with their pet family. They end up wandering outside their home territory and never find their way to home base.
Dognapped. Pet theft has increased over the past few years. Most dogs are captured for resale (designer dogs) or taken just to aggravate the pet parent.
Accidents. Pets can also have a traffic accident, eat poisonous or toxic food, or wander into a life-threatening situation.
Confused or dazed. Pets who are injured or sick can also hide or run away. They can experience confusion, illness or pain and disappear into a quiet place. They will also need medical attention.
Lost Cat Scenarios
Cats can be stolen or taken for a ride out of their home territory. Unintentional situations happen if your cat hides inside a car or box that is transported.
Injured cats have a natural instinct to hide. They may find a quiet place in the yard or around the neighborhood.
Indoor and outdoor cats tend to roam within a five-house radius. They can hide in a tree, rooftop or open garage. If you live in a city or suburb, look for your cat in the neighboring area.
One in three pets are lost during their lifetime, and one in 10 is never found and returned home.
Do your best to keep your pet safe. Practice lost pet prevention tips.
source: Lost Pet Prevention Month
Dr. Pet Mom
“Four legs good, two legs bad.”