Outdoor spring and summer pet safety is important for all pets that spend time outdoors. More time outdoors means a greater chance that your pet may be lost. There are steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of losing a pet and also increase the chances of reuniting with your pet!
Make sure your dog or cat wears a collar with updated identification and immunization tags. Identification tags are very important if your pet is lost or runs away. People can only return a pet if they know who to contact! Immunization tags can save your pet’s life if your pet is suspected of having rabies or bites another animal or person. Up to date immunization tags will reassure others that your pet is safe.
Consider having a microchip implanted in your dog or cat. If your lost pet is taken to a shelter or veterinarian’s office they will usually check for a microchip. Unlike collars, microchips cannot be lost or torn. However, microchips do have limitations, which you can learn more about here. If you do microchip your pet, make sure the chip registration is updated with your current contact information.
Electronic tracking collars are a good option for pets that are known to run away. These collars contain technology that allows your pet’s location to be tracked. You have to pay for a service to track your pets using these collars.
Keeping your dog on a leash, especially in crowded or unfamiliar places, is a good idea. This allows you to control your dog’s behavior and interactions. Sometimes dogs become overly excited by a new, crowded, or unfamiliar situation, and this can cause them to act unusually. Keeping your dog on a leash ensures your dog won’t run away or get into a conflict with another dog or person.