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Do You Know What to Do If Your Pet Goes Missing?

By PetcoBlogger on Jun. 24, 2017

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Dealing with a lost pet can be one of the most heart-wrenching events you could go through as a pet parent. But with some preparation, you’ll be able to stay cool, calm and collected if that fateful day ever comes. Every situation is different, but here are some basic tips to help you recover your lost pet.

Make your pet "findable":

While there is no way to completely prevent a lost pet, your first line of defense is making sure your pet has current identification at all times.

ID tags

ID tags are one of the most popular and economical ways of keeping your pet on the books. A metal tag that includes your pet's name and your phone number (at a minimum) should be securely attached to your pet's collar, along with any required county licensing tag. Wearing ID tags that include your contact information increases the probability that your pet will be returned directly to you, versus being taken to a pound or shelter when found.

While the ID option is also cheapest and most popular, it’s not unusual for collars to slip off of your pet or become stuck on a fence or branch, so make sure your pet’s collar and ID tags are properly secured. Also, check your pet's ID tags each time you replace his collar (which, with regular wear should be at least once a year), and replace if overly worn out.  A heavily scratched ID tag isn't going to be helpful in connecting your pet with you. 

Microchips

About the size of a grain of rice, microchips are inserted beneath your pet’s skin by a veterinarian. Microchips contain valuable contact information, so you can be reunited with your pet. To ensure a speedy reunion, periodically verify the contact information kept on the chip.

Although these tracking devices are usually highly effective, they are not foolproof. Not all veterinarians or shelters have the technology necessary to read every kind of microchip produced. They’re also so small and hidden that someone looking to return your pet may not know that one is equipped. Microchips are best used in combination with a collar and ID tag as an added piece of security.

You can get your dog or cat microchipped for only $15 at one of Vetco's affordable vaccination clinics or Wellness Centers.

Tattoos

While ID tattoos are still a bit unconventional, they are a great, permanent proof of ownership. There are a wide range of tattoo registries available, but that still doesn’t mean every shelter or veterinarian is able to recognize all types of tattoos. Also, average good Samaritans may have trouble recognizing a tattoo as a means of identification. Like microchips, tattoos are best used in combination with a collar and ID tags as an added piece of security.

Proactive prevention

Here's how you can help keep your pet from wandering away: 

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Here's what to do if you find a lost pet.

Have a question? We have vets available 24/7 with answers.

Brought home a new pet? We can help get you started.

Collars, leashes and harnesses, oh my.

1 Comments
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by David Ortiz
‎12-29-2015 05:48 PM

Rue was stolen out of Tempe Arizona, the charged individual has family in Billings MT and is refusing to cooperate with local detectives. If you have any information or she is brought to your facility Please use the information below. Rue is a 6 month old pup, chipped and registered with AKC. She is black with White, for additional photos please reply. Please advise all vet clinics that a second chip may be used to register and to scan prior. Please reply for pictures I could not attach.

 

To all my friends in the Phoenix area, please help, Tempe Police and Detectives are very active in this case if you have any information The reward amount has been increased to $1000. Please help bring Rue home for Christmas!

There has been a person arrested for Theft, Assault and not cooperating with Detectives on the location of Rue. This person charged has additional charges pending, I am asking anyone NO Questions ask, for information leading to her return.

Rue was taken November 30th at approx 11:00 am a forced entry with assault using a non lethal weapon into my home in Tempe. The person arrested resides in the 44th St and McDowell area, second Suspect involved lives in the 44th St and Thomas area. If you have any information please contact me directly at 480 323-6872 as well as Tempe Police at 480 350-8311 Report # 15-149166 Case #15-0442551 Ask for Detective David Gibson

Rue was stolen out of Tempe Arizona, the charged individual has family in Billings MT and is refusing to cooperate with local detectives. If you have any information or she is brought to your facility Please use the information below. Rue is a 6 month old pup, chipped and registered with AKC. She is black with White, for additional photos please reply. Please advise all vet clinics that a second chip may be used to register and to scan prior. Please reply for pictures I could not attach.

 

To all my friends in the Phoenix area, please help, Tempe Police and Detectives are very active in this case if you have any information The reward amount has been increased to $1000. Please help bring Rue home for Christmas!

There has been a person arrested for Theft, Assault and not cooperating with Detectives on the location of Rue. This person charged has additional charges pending, I am asking anyone NO Questions ask, for information leading to her return.

Rue was taken November 30th at approx 11:00 am a forced entry with assault using a non lethal weapon into my home in Tempe. The person arrested resides in the 44th St and McDowell area, second Suspect involved lives in the 44th St and Thomas area. If you have any information please contact me directly at 480 323-6872 as well as Tempe Police at 480 350-8311 Report # 15-149166 Case #15-0442551 Ask for Detective David Gibson

Posted on Dec. 29, 2015
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