Lost Pet Prevention

  • By Kathy McRoberts
  • 09 Apr, 2011

Original article by Jim Berns,  www.PetSearchAndRescue.com

Create a plan in advance! Hopefully your dog will never go missing. However, the annual statistics on missing pets are shocking. Over 10 million pets go missing every year. That translates into 1 out of every 3 pets are lost! One of the best things you can do to prevent this from happening to your newly adopted friend is to follow the steps below.

Remember: Newly adopted dogs are at a higher risk of being lost because they are in a new environment and are stressed. Keep a close eye on them.

  1. Make sure your dog ALWAYS has a collar and tags on.  Check your pet frequently to ensure that the collar is in place and that license tags and your pet’s ID tags are there and legible.  If you leave your pet alone, consider safe collars that do not allow your pet to get stuck.  Consider www.safedogid.com .  ID tags should have your phone nuber and a back-up phone number, such as a friend's number.  This way if you move or your phone is out of order there is an alternative number. We also suggest “Reward 4 Return – Recompensa.”  Do not let groomers, pet sitters or the dog being at home convince you into taking off their collar. It is your dog’s ticket home. Except for surgery, there is absolutely no time when your pet should not be wearing ID.

  2. Get to know your neighbors. In a lost pet emergency you will want to have some allies in your neighborhood to help with the search.  Introduce them to your pet.

  3. Do not trust strangers with your pet.  Sometimes that even includes pet sitters or family members.  Almost 70% of pets are lost by someone known to the pet owner.  Never leave small pets alone outside.  Pet theft does happen and coyotes can climb a 6 foot fence!

  4. Get your dog microchipped or tattooed - and register it.  If your pet carries a microchip or tattoo have that number with you at all times in your wallet. If you move, make sure you update the registered information.

  5. Make sure you have recent photos of your dog.  Take pictures from different angles and with different backgrounds. These should be readily available on your computer and printed out.

  6. Create an emergency file with contacts .   This should include local Pet Detectives, shelters, rescue groups, local veterinary clinics, emergency veterinary clinics, and possible volunteers.

  7. Make an emergency pet kit .  The kit should include disaster preparedness items, but also items incase your pet goes missing. Include: a map of your area, sheets of giant neon poster board, big black markers, duct tape, business cards or similar with your phone number, and a heavy-duty staple gun.

  8. Frequently check your locks, doors, windows and fence for possible escape passages.  Not only look for ways for your pet to escape, but ways for people and coyotes to get in! 

  9. Keep your cell phone with you when walking your dog.You will need to call friends and family for help immediately. Also, keep some business cards or pieces of paper with your phone number in your pocket. If your pet goes missing you will want to have these to give to people you see.

For more information about products and services that help find lost pets, contact us at 1-800-925-2410 or online at
  www.PetSearchAndRescue.com   and   www.LostPetProducts.com

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.

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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).
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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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