Hiring a Pet Detective

  • By Kathy McRoberts
  • 13 Mar, 2011

Original article by Jim Berns,  www.PetSearchAndRescue.com

When a loved pet goes missing, it is an emergency. You need to act immediately, and effectively. Many pet owners waste precious time on tasks that don't get results first, and tackle other actions that could have found their pet days or even weeks later after it is too late.

One common mistake pet owners make is following cookie-cutter instructions for finding missing pets. The internet, well-meaning friends and shelter workers want to help and do provide some excellent suggestions. However, using a professional Pet Detective is a helpful method in making sure that you are conducting the right search for your pet - based on your location, your pet's personality, how your pet escaped, your pet's health, breed, size and past history.

Most Pet Detectives offer specialized services, including trained Search Dogs. Others offer support, consultations and help "pounding the pavement." No matter if the Pet Detective offers Search Dogs or not, the end goal is the same - finding your lost pet.

Some tips from a professional Pet Detective:

  • Hang Posters, Not Flyers. As soon as a pet is missing, most pet owners print-out flyers and hang them around their neighborhood. Flyers are for handing out to neighbor and giving to the shelter, not for posting. Use supplies found at local office supply stores to make GIANT florescent posters. The goal is to catch driver's eye as they rush between work and home. Think big, obnoxious and high-visibility. If your area doesn't allow signs or takes signs down, contact a Pet Detective for other options.

  • Don't give up! The average pet owner searches for their lost pet for less than 7 days. Many pets are located weeks after they went missing! When you think you have done everything and aren't getting results, don't give up!

  • Consider hiring a Pet Detective. We are professionals specializing in helping find lost pets. Services range from phone consultations to on-site searches with Search Dogs. Just like you turn to an expert with any serious problem, consider working with a professional to find your missing pet. Consider all options when you are searching for a lost pet, and use all resources possible.

In the end, no matter if you have someone help you search for your pet or not, no one will take the place of a loving owner in a search. It takes hard work to get a pet back, time and money. If there is one thing you should remember in your search: Don't give up!

Cincinnati Dog Knowledge Center

By Pets in Need 08 Jan, 2018

Education is the first step  in pet poison prevention

Pet owners should take the time to educate themselves on the various, sometimes unexpected, pet poisons in their environments. The  Pet Poison Helpline  provides an extensive list of poisonous items for pet owners to be aware of, but here are a few of the most common items seen by veterinarians:

By Pets in Need 11 Dec, 2017

Outdoor Animals:

Many people believe certain dog breed, such as huskies and malamutes, are capable of living outside all of the time because of their thick coats. However, no dog breed should be consistently left unprotected outside. According to the City of Cincinnati, when the temperature is below 20 degrees Fahrenheit or above 90 degrees Fahrenheit, a pet owner should not leave their dog outside for longer than sixty minutes without adequate shelter. For outside dogs, owners should provide a warm, dry, draft free shelter with fresh, unfrozen water. Heated water bowls are a great option to ensure consistent access to unfrozen water. Owners should also feed their outdoor dogs more during the winter because their bodies use more energy trying to keep warm. In 2016, the City of Cincinnati passed an ordinance with further restrictions and shelter guidelines for dog tethering and weather conditions, which can be found by  clicking here

A common winter hazard that vets encounter consistently with cats is engine belt injuries. Cats will climb into cars to keep warm, and without knowing they’re there, people will start their cars and harm the cats. Before starting your car in the winter, it’s advised to give the car hood a few raps to make sure there are no cats cozied up inside.

By Pets in Need 27 Nov, 2017

Pets start an estimated 1,000 fires per year. While this isn’t a huge number, it’s easily preventable. Pet owners should identify the risks in their home and make sure they’re contained from pets. Risks to consider include, open flames such as candles, space heaters, stovetops, fireplaces, and frayed wires chewed by puppies.

Even if all fire hazards are contained from pets, there’s still always a chance of a house fire. According to the   National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) , there’s a home fire reported every 86 seconds in the United States. So while the hope is that you and your pets never have to face a fire, it’s important to have a plan.

In case of a fire, pet owners should hang window clings that let firefighters know there’s a pet in the home. The   ASPCA offers a free Pet Fire Safety Pack   that includes a window decal. When leaving home, pet owners should know where their pets are and keep them close to exits if possible. Pet owners should also consider investing in monitored smoke detectors that alert homeowners of a fire when they’re not home and automatically dispatch firefighters.

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First, let’s learn a bit of information about pet diabetes. Just like in humans, there are 2 types or diabetes in pets, which veterinarians typically refer to as insulin dependent and non-insulin dependent. One is caused when the body doesn’t make enough insulin, which is a hormone created by the pancreas that allows glucose (or sugars) to move from the blood stream into cells to create energy. With non-insulin dependent diabetes, the body is making enough insulin, but it can’t utilize the insulin efficiently. This can be caused by high body fat content, chronic cortisone administration, and/or certain hormones such as progesterone (produced during a pet’s heat period).
By Pets in Need 30 Oct, 2017

Getting your dog microchipped is an easy and relatively inexpensive procedure that drastically increases the odds that your pet will find its way home if it’s ever lost. A microchip is a tiny chip that’s about the size of a grain of rice and contains a unique identification number. It’s injected into a pet’s skin between the shoulder blades on their back. When scanned with an electric scanner, the chip will show the unique identification number and manufacturer of the microchip. This unique identification number will be linked to the pet owner’s contact information in the microchip manufacturer’s database.

If a stranger ever finds your dog, a shelter or veterinarian can scan your pet for a microchip. Once they have the identification number and manufacturer from the chip reading, they will call the manufacturer in search of the pet owner’s contact information.  Therefore, if a dog owner moves or changes their contact information, it’s extremely important for them to update the contact information associated with their pet’s microchip identification number.

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