4 Tips to Keep Your Pet from Getting Lost


As dog owners, we rely on our dogs to provide us with love and companionship — and in the case of big dogs, protection as well. However, we must remember that our dogs deserve the very same things they give us. If we fail to keep them in a safe, healthy, and comfortable home, lots of bad things can happen to them. They can get hurt, fall ill, or worse, end up missing. To spare you from the stress and heartache brought about by an escaped pet, we’ve assembled a list of practical ways to prevent your trusted canine companion from getting lost:

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1.       Get your dog a high quality dog collar with a dog tag. One of the most basic things that you can do to help prevent your dog from getting lost is giving him a proper dog collar. This accessory should be durable and must have a tag with your name and contact information on it. This is so that the people who may end up finding your lost pet can get in touch with you and let you know where you can pick up your dog.

2.       Don’t leave your pet unsupervised. Dogs sure love people, but they are also naturally inclined to be curious and inquisitive. Just like you wouldn’t leave a child alone outside your house, you shouldn’t leave your dog unsupervised while outdoors or in public. Always ensure that he’s in a secure area before leaving him, such as inside your house, in a comfortable dog crate, or in your fenced-in yard while secured to a leash. If you don’t want to leave your dog by himself, you can employ the help of a dog sitter or drop him off in a pet daycare service. The key here, really, is to make sure that your dog doesn’t have an opportunity to wander alone and leave without you.

3.       Have your dog microchipped. In addition to giving your pet dog a personalized dog collar and dog tag with your information on it, you can also have him microchipped. Microchipping is one way to ensure that no matter what happens, even if the collar somehow gets lost, the people who found your dog can still get your contact details. It’s a quick and completely painless procedure, and since a microchip is just as big as a grain of rice, it won’t get in the way of your pet’s daily activities. It’s like giving your dog a shot, except instead of preventing diseases, the shot will help him be found in case he does get lost. Should people find your dog, they can take him to the vet where they can scan the microchip for your contact information.

4.       Have your pet spayed or neutered. Aside from helping combat dog overpopulation and preventing unwanted puppies, spaying or neutering your pet dogs can prevent them from wandering off in search of a partner and getting lost in the process. Intact canines have a tendency of allowing their mating instincts to override their sense of safety, forcing them to leave their homes to look for a suitable mate. Because they’re too honed in on the urge to procreate, they might not pay as much attention to their surroundings and actions. Spaying or neutering gets rid of this urge. Also, these procedures can help pets become more approachable, focused, and even-tempered, making them better protection dogs.


Prevention is better than cure, as the old saying goes. While putting these tips to practical use may be a chore for some pet owners, it sure beats worrying and stressing out over a missing pet. 

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13 comments:

  1. Great suggestions! While I'm still not sold on the micro chip thing yet as I read your post I realized that by keeping Buddy's license safe with our important papers I am also making a huge mistake by not having his information on him. He is a GS and people often assume the worst. It could be a tragedy. I'm sending for a tag today.

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    1. Sounds like it would be a good idea to have his info on him. My hubby used to carve our phone number into our dog's tag. It's illegal here for dogs not to wear their license, so he just put it on that.

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  2. Really smart chips. The micro-chip is essential. I would also suggest that if your pet does get lost, start calling all the vets and shelters in the area. You never know when someone might bring your dog in should it get lost.

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  3. Such a brilliant tips. I have 4 dogs and 3 cats. I have also a dog sitter and she is having a hard time when she take them to the park. I ahve to share this with her.

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    1. Wow! You sound like my neighbor. She's an animal lover, too!

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  4. Our last dog got out a couple times. Even though we have a fenced yard, she snuck underneath. I may have to put a Tile on the next of the next one!

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    1. I think I've seen those~~ Tile. They look very handy!

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  5. These are some great tips! I have had the heartbreak of a pet dying from being hit by a car but never lost. These would be sure they would be safe while around your home.

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    1. I'm sorry you lost your pet that way. :( I can't imagine.

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  6. My pup ran away for a couple hours this past weekend. Very scary. I need to get him a microchip. Thanks for the tips!

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    1. It is scary! I remember one time my hubby's dog got away and he was gone for hours. My husband was beside himself with worry. Glad your pup came back safely!

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  7. Oh gosh, I should have had this way before and I couldn't have lost my pet dog then. Anyhow, these are really great tips!

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