National Lost Pet Prevention Month

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What Should You Do If Your Pet Does Go Missing?

The best thing to do is to start looking for your pet immediately. The longer you wait, the lower your chances are of recovering your furry friend. Posting signs and letting neighbors know can help everyone stay on the lookout for your little buddy. Call local veterinarians and animal shelters. They will let you know if a rescuer brings in your animal.

Unfortunately, calling your dog’s name repeatedly can make the dog more frightened, especially if others have tried to do so while reaching out to grab the dog. If you catch a glimpse of your dog running free, don’t chase him or call to him. Even trying to approach the animal slowly can freak it out if it’s already panicked. Getting down on your knees or even lying flat on the ground can help calm the animal.

If you’re trying to capture a loose dog, pretending you’re eating something that’s tasty and smelly is non-threatening. This can make the dog realize that it can trust you. Be patient. Eventually, you should be able to lure the dog into a crate or your car and bring it home.

How You Can Help

Becoming active in your community can help educate others about the importance of lost pet prevention. Volunteering at a shelter or handing out flyers at a local pet shop can help others learn about pet health awareness. During the month of July, many pet organizations are also working to get this important message out, and they will likely be grateful for the assistance.

Want to get more involved with pet holidays throughout the year? Pet appreciation days happen just about every month. January is National Train Your Dog Month.  National Poison Prevention Week occurs in March. National Dog Week comes at the end of September. Spend some time with your pet and other animal lovers during these events to promote pet health awareness and bond with your favorite companions.


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