A Pet Parent’s Worst Nightmare: What To Do If Your Pet Goes Missing
For those of us who treat our pets like our own kids, we simply can’t imagine the thought of losing them. So when a cherished pet goes missing, our entire life stops. The 4th of July is tomorrow,
For those of us who treat our pets like our own kids, we simply can’t imagine the thought of losing them. So when a cherished pet goes missing, our entire life stops.
The 4th of July is tomorrow, and that means fireworks explosions, and many scared and lost pets. Intelligent pet parents need to know what proper steps to take in order to be successfully reunited with their pet as quickly as possible.
The first step is prevention. If your pet is allowed outdoors make sure to keep an eye on him and use a leash. Proper dog training is especially important so that you have control of your dogs in case they get startled or distracted while out and about. If you have a backyard for your pet to play in, make sure to check the perimeter of your fence or enclosure regularly for any places where your pet can get out.
Keep current identification tags on your pet’s collar at all times. Some pet parents prefer to have their pet microchipped . It’s important to be aware of the risks associated with microchipping your pet. (Check out our article on microchipping your dog here: http://www.barfworld.com/html/IPEzine/TIP_082011.html – DogsTalk ).
T he First 24 Hours
If you discover your pet has gone missing, don’t delay! Time is of the essence. Start by looking around the nearby area, searching areas that are familiar to your pet. Don’t hesitate to ask your neighbors or people in the area if they’ve seen your pet.
Call a few good friends to come and join you in your search. Make sure you have plenty of high-value treats and a leash on hand to help lure your pet out from hiding. A flashlight may also come in handy during your search to help look under cars, in dark corners, or for evening searches.
Does your furry friend have a favorite squeaky toy? Bring it along while you’re canvassing the neighborhood. Call out your pet’s name and squeak their toy to try and get their attention.
Day 2 Of Your Search
Make up some lost pet posters and put them up around your neighborhood and the area where your pet was last seen. Make sure to include:
• A current picture of your pet
• Their name
• Color and markings
• Any medical issues
• Where they were last seen
• A contact phone number in case they’re found
If you plan on offering a reward, make sure not to be too specific about how much you are offering or you may attract scammers who may try to swindle you for the reward. If someone who claims to have found your pet contacts you, make sure to meet them in a public place and don’t go alone.
Contact your local animal shelters, animal control facility, police department, and veterinary hospitals in case they may have your pet. Leave a copy of your lost pet poster with them in case someone ends up turning your pet in to them. There are even some online lost pet resources you can use such as:
You can also try social media resources such as Facebook and Twitter to spread the word about your lost dog or cat. Actually, some pets have been found because of the use of social media, so don’t rule this method out. If you don’t have a Facebook or Twitter account, you can sign up free…or ask a friend or family member to do it for you.
Day 3 And Beyond
Check your local newspaper’s lost and found section daily. Visit your local animal shelter every few days in case your pet shows up. Finally, don’t give up! 93% of dogs and 75% of cats that are reported lost are safely returned back to their owners so stay positive and keep searching.
Amber Keiper is the Marketing Assistant and Raw Diet Educator for BARF World Inc.. She and her husband have two former rescue animals that are now healthy and proud “BARF brats” – a terrier mix named Chewbacca (“Chewy”) and a tabby mix named Chiquita (“Chiqui”). For more articles like these and to learn more about the benefits of raw food for your pets, sign up for The Intelligent Pet monthly e-zine at www.barfworld.com .
"BARF®" is our acronym that means Biologically Appropriate Raw Food. It is a complete and carefully balanced blend of raw meat, fruits, vegetables and bone. Our formula mimics what nature has designed our pet's to thrive on in the wild. The result is a pet free of allergies, digestive problems, and full of life!