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

By PetcoBlogger on Apr 16, 2014

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.

The importance of pet identification

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.

Name tags

This old standby is one of the most popular and economical ways of keeping your pet on the books. A metal tag should be securely attached to a collar and worn around your pet’s neck. This lessens the possibility that your pet will be taken to the local pound or shelter when found.

Although this ID option is the cheapest and most popular, it’s not uncommon 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. Periodically check the information to make sure it’s still readable. A heavily scratched ID tag is as good as no tag at all.

Microchips

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

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

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. This means that just like microchips, tattoos are best used in combination with a collar and ID tag as an added piece of security.

Proactive prevention

Carry out these simple steps to keep your pet from wandering away:

  • Your pet can easily become confused or distracted, even in familiar surroundings, so always keep your pet on a leash when outside a confined area like your backyard.
  • Train your pet to not go through open doors and gates until you have given the verbal permission to do so. Accomplishing this takes a little time, but it is well worth the effort.
  • Never leave your pet outside at night or tied up unattended. Doing so leaves your pet susceptible to abduction.

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

Learn what to do if you find a lost pet.

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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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