Keeping Your Pet Where He Belongs: with You!
1) Always have on-hand your pet’s records and proof of ownership. If he is located, you’re going to have to prove that you are indeed his owner, and that he is safe and healthy enough to be released back into your care.
2) Make your pet easy to identify. All pets should be microchipped and wear a visible pet ID tag on their collar or harness. A microchip can be scanned at a veterinarian’s office or shelter and provides permanent ID that cannot fall off, be removed, or become impossible to read. A pet ID tag, such as the digital Pet ID tag by PetHub, helps to indicate an animal has an owner looking for them and provides contact information accessible to anyone.
3) Secure your pet’s surroundings by making it far more difficult for them to escape. Building a screened-in porch for an indoor cat and erecting fences that animals can neither burrow beneath nor jump over is the best way to give your pet the chance to explore in a secure area.
4) Many pets escape when they’re in the middle of being transported, particularly if they’re going somewhere unpleasant, like the vet. Dogs have been known to break their leashes and keep running, and cats will find a way out of a carrier that isn’t securely fastened at all times. Don’t give your pet even the slightest bit of opportunity to get away from you when you’re on the road.
5) Use the right kind of leash for your dog. If the collar fits too loosely, he can use the leash set-up to slip it over his head and take off running. Meanwhile, using a thinly constructed retractable leash on a 120-pound dog provides the opportunity for the material to break, and your dog to run much faster than you can catch him.
6) Proper training goes a long way. While no pet will observe the rules all the time, especially when frightened, teaching your pet at an early age that bad behavior such as going beyond the boundaries or removing his collar is unacceptable will cut down on the likelihood that a pet will choose to wander, even when the opportunity presents itself.
Humane Pennsylvania approved | This article originally appeared on PetHub.com