A lost dog, found (by sheer luck)

Recently, I was heading out to dinner and came across some of my neighbors in the parking lot with an apparently lost dog. The beautiful Weimaraner was noticeably scared and a little confused and, unfortunately, she had no ID tags on her. Another neighbor came out and said she had just talked to a guy who was looking for his lost Weimaraner, named Lily, and shared that he lived in an adjacent neighborhood.

After almost 30 minutes of waiting for the owner to, hopefully, come back by, I decided to load Lily into my car and go drive around the neighborhood. Just as I was getting a leash on Lily, her owner came around the corner calling her name. We were all relieved. As Lily ran to her owner, I realized he did not have a leash. I offered him my spare leash and his response was, “That’s okay. She always stays right with me.” Really? Because the last 30 minutes of me trying to calm your scared LOST pup would indicate otherwise. Not to mention we were in a LEASH REQUIRED AREA AND the dog had no identification!

My friend, Pat's Wiemaraners, Scout (l) and Cabo (r) who are showing off well-fitting collars and id tag pouches!

My friend, Pat’s Weimaraners, Scout (l) and Cabo (r) who are showing off well-fitting collars and id tag pouches designed to keep dog tags safe. With proper tags, collars and microchips, Pat’s dogs are significantly more likely to make it home safe if they ever got lost. 

 

Keeping Pets Safe & Bringing them Home

While one ASPCA study suggested that as many as “93 percent of dogs and 75 percent of cats reported missing” did make it back home safely, we all know too many folks who, sadly, have lost a pet that never came home. 

I personally believe that, at the very least, all dogs and cats should be microchipped (and those microchips must be registered!), have current identification tags, be up to date on vaccines and be spayed or neutered. In my opnion, these things fall under Pet Ownership 101, because even the most loyal and obedient dogs can get separated from their owners.

9 Ways to Keep your Pets Safe During Summer Celebrations, Holidays or Anytime! Click To Tweet

The 4th of July weekend is upon us. More pets go missing during Independence Day than on any other holiday.

Summer celebrations are shifting into high gear and that means fireworks, family outings, more time outside, and often more travel with our pets. Keep pets safe and increase the chances of being reunited with a lost pet by following these tips:

[fa icon=”paw”] Start with a good collar. 

Find a collar that fits properly. Reach out to a local trainer or pet shop if you need assistance ensuring a good fit. For added insurance, consider a collar that you can embroider with your phone number. 

[fa icon=”paw”] Name tags. 

Every pet should have a regular name tag with the pet’s name and your contact information (two phone numbers are recommended).

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I also highly recommend a bring ’em home type of tag such as those offered by Pet Hub. Pet Hub is offering free basic aluminum pet ID tags  through 7/31/16 (or while supplies last. You do pay shipping and handling but it’s a free tag so I’d call that a win). You can set up a free pet profile that links to your tag and  allows you to provide significantly more information than can be printed on a tag. You can also upgrade to a fancy tag like Piper’s new “Heart of Bones” tag pictured below and join the daily Lost Pet Prevention Month Where’s Wags Contest for a chance to win a free PetHub tag worth up to $19.95 and be entered into the end-of-month grand prize drawing worth more than $300! 

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Upgrade to one of the many premium Pet Hub tag options because they are super cute!

[fa icon=”paw”] Have your pet microchipped and REGISTER the microchip. 

While many folks have heard of microchipping  you might be surprised by the number of pet owners I’ve spoken with who did not realize that the chips have to be registered. This is critical. Microchips are assigned a registration number and the contact information for the database registry for the specific brand of microchip (there are several microchipping companies/registries). You must complete the registration process that assigns that registration number to your pet with your contact information so that information is added to the database. Once this is done, any vet, shelter, animal control officer or rescue that finds your pet and scans for a chip will be able to contact you. Note: Make sure to update your registration if you move, change phone numbers, etc. Make it easy for folks to find you!

Always use both an ID tag and a microchip because tags can get lost and it can take time for a lost pet to make it somewhere to be scanned. 

[fa icon=”paw”] Keep it Down. 

This is especially important if you have pets who are sensitive to fireworks or other loud noises. During fireworks celebrations, keep windows closed and put on the radio or the television to help muffle loud noises outside. 

[fa icon=”paw”] Create a Zen Space

We hear stories all the time of dogs getting spooked by fireworks and bolting out of yards so it is absolutely best to keep your pets inside during 4th  of July festivities. Consider an anti-anxiety collar, vest or shirt to help calm your dog if needed and make sure your anxious pup has easy, unobstructed access their crate or other “safe space.” Break out the special toys, spray some lavender around the room and offer your pet an awesome new bone or special treat during fireworks, parties, or other high stress situations.

[fa icon=”paw”] Nothing Wrong with Staying In. 

By all means, go out and celebrate the holidays but whenever possible consider letting your pet stay home during certain celebrations. If you must take your pet with you, make sure they are leashed and that you have your pet’s important medical information and recent pictures of your pet in case you become separated.

bring your lost dog home with identification tags, microchips and other safety tips

[fa icon=”paw”] Channel your Inner Zen Master. 

Our pets are exceptionally good at reading our energy so try to keep your cool and maintain a sense of calm for your pet. 

[fa icon=”paw”] Watch for Signs of Increased Anxiety. 

 
If you notice new or excessive behaviors such as pacing, panting, drooling, dilated pupils, sudden excessive grooming, loss of appetite or other unusual behaviors, that could be a sign that your pet is highly agitated. Consider calming essential oils that have been approved for use with pets or talk to your vet about alternative solutions that may help relieve your pet’s anxiety.
 

[fa icon=”paw”]Be Prepared.

Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Have all of your pet’s important information handy such as a recent picture and medical information.

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