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9 Ways to protect your furry friend from getting lost

9 Ways to protect your furry friend from getting lost

A FAMILY PET IS LOST EVERY TWO SECONDS.
HERE'S 9 WAYS TO PROTECT YOUR FURRY FRIEND.

Ten million pets are lost every year and one out of every three pets will be lost during their lifetime. It can happen to even the best pet parents. If your cat or dog goes missing, they may be in a state of shock. Make sure you’re doing these nine things to help protect your pet and get them back asap.

a vizsla being checked for a microchip

MICROCHIP

If your pet loses their collar and ends up lost, a vet or shelter can scan for their microchip. It holds your contact information, which can quickly reunite the two of you. It’s painless to implant as its the size of a grain of rice. Your pet will never know it’s there. If you have moved or changed phone numbers, update your contact information with your microchip provider.

LEASH FIT

There’s a wide variety of leash styles for different dogs and environments. Make sure to speak to an expert to find the right fit for your pet. One important key is to buy a leash recommended for your pet’s weight. And if you are going for a walk with other dogs nearby, get a shorter leash to provide more control. Want to walk your cat? Add a harness – cats are excellent escape artists.

a grey stripped cat with a harness and leash on it.
a french bulldog with a red spiked collar on with a name ID tag

COLLAR WITH ID TAGS

Loose collars can fall off, tear and wear down. Check your pet’s collar regularly to make sure it is secure and comfortable. Include ID tags to make it easy for someone to identify your pet and get your contact information. Also, ensure all information stays up to date.

THE 3 D'S OF TRAINING

Trainers define the 3 D’s of Training as distance, distraction and duration. Teach your pet to “come” in a wide variety of locations and distances, including a range of different distractions. “Come” and “stay” are two basic but essential commands that will reduce the likelihood of your dog getting lost. It could even save their life. Teaching your cat to come can also be beneficial. They’ll be more likely to come out of hiding if they associate your voice with positive reinforcement.

Dog sitting on its bottom with a leash and a collar on shaking its humans hand
Black and White sheep dog sitting in a green field with a fence around it.

SECURE YOUR YARD

One of the most common ways pets get lost is when they escape their yard. Pets don’t typically run away from the family, but can when they’re in panic mode or under duress. Knowing your pet’s temperament and what stresses them out will help you create a secure environment. Learn to recognize when your pet is showing signs of stress. When this happens, help your dog inside. Double check the fencing to ensure it is secure and make sure it’s high enough that they can’t jump over it. Some pets might be diggers – prevent this by lining the bottom of the fence with chicken wire or rocks. And an overhead fence can keep cats and athletic dogs from climbing out.

CAR SAFETY

Your pet can easily run off when you open the car door. Some wily pets can even escape with a window that’s been opened a bit too far. f your dog gets excited when you open the door, make sure to leave the leash on. If they like to stick their head far outside out the window (and who doesn’t), keep the window closed enough so their body can’t fit through. Seat belts and harnesses are another good option. Crates and kennels keep them secure and will provide more protection in case of an accident. And never, ever leave your pet alone in the car. They can suffer from heat stroke quickly.

a black and white dog sitting in a car seat with a harness and tether on it.
a women with a document on a clipboard with a dog putting its paw on it.

KEEP DOCUMENTATION READILY AVAILABLE

Put all of your pet’s documents in one easy to find location. Include items such as proof of ownership, vet documents, photos and vaccination records. Take pictures of the documents as well and keep them on your phone in case they get lost or you need to reference them quickly. Have your local shelter’s address and phone number handy and a recent photo so you can put up flyers in case something does in fact happen.  

EXTRA CAUTIOUS DAYS

More pets go missing on July 4th and 5th than any other time of year. Major holidays and when the front door is constantly opening and closing are other risky times. And if your pet is scared of noisy thunderstorms, keep an eye on the weather report. Calming supplements and CBD can help take the edge off the fear and make pets less likely to bolt.  

wiredhaird pointing griffon laying its head on its humans lap
A multicolored cat cuddling with its female human

WHAT TO DO IF THEY GET LOST

File a lost animal report with your local animal control or police department. They may put out a “runaway” notice and broadcast information about your pet to other officers and shelters in the area. 80% of lost pets are found within 1 mile of where they went missing. Post notices with your pet’s picture and your phone number in large print that can be seen by drivers as well as pedestrians. If your community has a social media page, post a message there. Prop open all yard gates and set up food & water along with a piece of your clothing or their favorite toy to draw them back to your yard.

SUMMER CHILL PILL. MINUS THE PILL.

SUMMER CHILL PILL. MINUS THE PILL.

Bone broth is a pet favorite all year round, but in the summertime we think it’s best served chilled. This treat is packed with hydrating electrolytes, collagen, vitamins and minerals and there’s lots of ways to get creative with your pet’s favorite flavors. 

The best part? No cooking required.

 

BONE BROTH ICE CUBES

 

INGREDIENTS:

• Your pet’s favorite flavor(s) of bone broth

• Your pet’s favorite treat

• Optional: An edible popsicle ‘stick’

- Happy Howie’s Beef Woof Stix

- Plato Thinkers Meat Stick

- Earth Animal No-Hide STIX (these work for cats too)

 

DIRECTIONS:

1. Pour bone broth into ice cube trays or Messy Mutts Treat Maker.

2. Place one of your pet’s favorite treats in the middle of each cube.

3. Place ice cube tray in freezer and let freeze until solid.

4. If you wish to place the optional edible popsicle ‘stick’ in each cube, freeze ice cube trays for 1 hour (or until ice forms across the top of the cube) before adding the stick.

5. Serve and let your pet enjoy and chill out!

        - Note: please supervise your pet as you would with any treat. If they are trying to gulp the broth ice cubes, you can place them in a Kong or another toy that will help to slow down their consumption.

 

OUR FAVORITE COMBINATIONS:

 

STELLA & CHEWY'S
(made specially for dogs)

Stella & Chewy’s Broth Toppers

Stella & Chewy’s Wild Weenies

Stella & Chewy’s Freeze-dried (we sprinkle it on top after an hour in the freezer for some added flavor)

 

 

OPEN FARM

Open Farm Bone Broth

• For dogs: Open Farm Treats

• For cats: Open Farm Rustic Blend wet food
(we put a thin layer on top of the cube after an hour in the freezer)

COOL PET = HAPPY PET. ENJOY!

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