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8 Ways to Reduce the Risk of Losing Your Pet

8 Ways to Reduce the Risk of Losing Your Pet



 A missing pet is one of the most devastating events for any family. Your dog or cat is a core member of your family, and you’ll want to do everything possible to prevent such a catastrophe.

As July approaches, it’s time to prepare for National Lost Pet Prevention Month and gather tips to help keep your pet happy and at home throughout the year.

Before you host your next big summer event or take your pet on their next trip, follow our loss prevention tips to keep your family intact.


1.    Train Your Pet to Return on Command

Training your dog goes beyond ensuring they don’t relieve themselves in your home. In fact, one of the best ways to prevent a lost pet is to train them to return on command. This may take some time and professional help, but the additional years you’ll gain with your fur baby are well worth the investment.



2.    Remember Your Leash

Taking your pet on an outing is a good way to show them a fun time and include them in your family activities. However, if they’re off-leash, it’s easy for distractions to veer them away from your party and turn them into a lost pet. Also, leash training your pet through frequent walks allows them to become familiar with the local environment through their sense of smell. This makes it much more likely for them to find their way back home independently if they do escape.

Even if your pet is well-trained, accidents happen. If you are in an unfamiliar location, keeping them on a leash is the best way to keep your pet and those around you safe.



3.    Microchip Your Dogs and Cats

If your dog or cat does get lost, microchips are an excellent way for your them to be forever linked to you with or without tags. Registering them through your veterinarian and microchipping them, identifies you in the local system as the animal’s owner.

If they are lost and someone finds them, all they’ll have to do is take your pet to a shelter or local vet where they scan the chip and contact you for a reunion.



4.    Invest in ID Tags

Aside from microchipping, identification tags can also bring your pet home quickly if found. Most pet stores have machines where you can design your pet tags and personalize them with your contact information.

ID tags should have the following information:

  • Your pet’s name
  • Your phone number
  • Address (optional)


5.    Make Your Living Space Pet-Proof

Home is where your pet is most comfortable. However, if you leave the door open for too long or fail to repair that hole in the fence, your dog or cat could get curious about what lies beyond your property grounds.

If you plan to have the door open for an extended period of time, we suggest relocating your pet to a designated safe space, such as, behind a gate or in their crate where they can relax while you accomplish your tasks.

Another way to make your home pet safe is to invest in pet gates in your home's doorways. This easily isolates your pet from dangerous areas without the punishing feeling of being locked away behind a closed door.


6.    Spay and Neuter Your Pets

Spaying and neutering your pets helps to prevent overpopulation and pet loss.

Unneutered males may wander from your home, searching for a romantic night on the town. Unfortunately, this can also lead to a lost pet.

Spayed females prevent stray males from wandering onto your property and causing a potential conflict for pet or family.

The way we see it spaying/neutering your pet at an appropriate age is one of the most responsible things you could do as a pet owner. It keeps them healthy, your environment safe, and above all, it keeps them home.


7.    Prepare for Loud Events

During loud events, like the 4th of July, your pets are susceptible to getting frightened and potentially running off. Before celebrating, ensure your pet has no way to run away if they get skittish. More pets get lost on the 4th of July than any other weekend in the calendar year.

On top of sealing up available escape routes, keep your pet in an area of the home where they’ll feel comfortable and safe.

If your pet is skittish during loud events and you plan on being away, we recommend a room away from the action, with relaxing music playing, while providing them with their favorite toys or comfort items that smell like you. If your dog is crate trained, we highly recommend keeping them in their crate or safe space.



8.    Get Technical About Pet Loss

Ring Video Doorbells, surveillance cameras, and the NextDoor app are useful ways to keep your home and family safer. These pieces of technology can also help you track down a lost pet.

From using NextDoor as a place to post about your lost pet, to reviewing surveillance footage to estimate the direction they’ve gone, modern technology can play a big role in returning lost pets to their families.


Keep Your Pets Happy and Safe with Richell Pet Products

Whether you need a comfortable pet carrier, crate, or a pet gate for your home, our pet products help keep your four-legged family members safe.

At Richell USA, we create quality products that make life easier for busy pet families.

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