Your dog is lost, what do you do? Most dog owners find themselves in this scenario at one point or another. Usually the errant dog is just trapped in the garage or down the street playing with a canine friend, but not always. There is nothing like the sense of panic and hopelessness that accompanies the fact that your dog is lost or has runaway, but here is plenty you can do.
You can take steps to prevent your dog from running away, but you should also prepare for the worst. If the worst does happen and your dog is gone, quick, decisive action is paramount: your best chances for bringing him home come in the hours immediately following his disappearance.
Be thorough and don’t give up. Don’t skip searching a neighborhood because you think your dog wouldn’t go there-animals surprise us all the time. And don’t stop looking just because your dog has been gone for several days or weeks; the is still a chance of bringing him home.
To prevent a tragedy, ensure your dog is well secured at all times. Even the best trained, most sedentary dogs will make a break for it under the right circumstances such as a cat running by, being disoriented but to age or illness, or being left in an unfamiliar place.
Teach your dog and excellent recall. Not just a coming at their own convenience recall, but a drop everything and come over recall. Always keep your dog on leash when outside of your yard. Even at the park, take your dog off leash only when you have him in a securely fenced area.
Fence Your Yard
The fence should be at least 5 feet high and reach to the ground with no gaps. If your dog’s a jumper, you may want to go higher. Walk the perimeter regularly to make sure there are no nooks or crannies where an intrepid dog could escape. To prevent an under-the-fence escape, pour concrete around the base of the fence or use bricks as a stopgap. Some people use buried electric wire, but some municipalities prohibit this.
If your leave your dog at a friend’s or relative’s home, be sure that he completely secure. Dogs can panic when left at a home or location they are e unfamiliar with. Check that the fencing is secure and ask the homeowner to keep your dog on a leash whenever he is not fenced.
Even with the best security, dogs can escape. Maybe a visitor leaves a door open or your dog jumps out of the car when you stop for gas. Chances are this will happen at least once in dog’s lifetime. Dogs have even been stolen from their own yards. In the event your dog gets lost, you want to act quickly. Keep a current, well-lit photo of your dog on hand to use for posters. Also, keep a list of vets, animal shelters, and humane agencies in your area so you can begin your search immediately. T o increase the chances of dog’s return, there several things you can do.
However your dog gets loose, his best chance for return is proper identification. There are three main forms of identification: tags, tattoos, and microchips. Because tags can be removed or lost, dogs should have at least one other form of identification either a tattoo or a microchip.
There are two tags your dog should wear at all times: an i/d tag stating your dog;s name and your phone number, and a license from the city of county within which you live. An ID tag can keep your dog’s time away from home short and sweet.
If a neighbor finds him and calls your number, you can be reunited pronto. When vacationing with your dog, affix a temporary ID to his collar. You can securely tape a piece of paper with your local phone number on it or if you are in one location for an extended period, you can get a regular ID tag with your temporary number on it.
Besides being the law in most co\unties, a license can quickly reunite owner and dog, too, if the dog is picked up by animal control. Licensing your dog will save you sleepless nights and reduce the chances of your dog being euthanized or adopted before you find him.
In agricultural communities, licensing has another benefit. Many counties require ranchers and farmers to notify animal control before shooting free-roaming dogs, even if they are harassing livestock. You can buy licenses through your city animal control office; ID tags ate available through most major pet supply stores.
A tattoo is one form of permanent identification that can be used with an ID tag. It consists of a series of numbers that are registered with a national database. These numbers are tattooed on the inside flank of the dog or sometimes on the ear. Getting a tattoo is relatively painless for dogs and can be done at pet fairs, human agencies, or through your veterinarian.
Animal control is required to attempt to contact the owners of dogs with tattoos before euthanizing them or placing them for adoption Animal research facilities routinely check for tattoos as well. The downside to tattoos is that whoever finds you dog needs to look for one.
Microchips have largely replaced the use of tattoos-they’re quick and easy to place. Like a tattoo, and about the size of a grain of rice,a microchip carries numeric information that is registered with a national database, and is inserted between the shoulder blades by a veterinarian. This should cause no more pain than receiving an inoculation, although many bets try to place microchips when dogs are already under anesthetic for altering or dental cleaning. The Microchip is so small that the dog never even knows it’s there. The chips have a life span of 25 years.
Most veterinarians, animal control offices, and animal shelters have handheld scanners that they use for checking incoming stray dogs. If a microchip is found, the registry is informed and the owner is contacted. As with tattoos, animal control and animal research facilities routinely check for microchips before a dog is euthanized, placed for adoption, or used for research. The negative of microchips is that the person who finds your dog must take the dog to a local shelter or veterinarian to have him scanned. In addition, microchips are not universal; not all scanners can detect all microchips. Talk to your veterinarian and local animal shelter about the appropriate microchip before have one placed in your dog.
Dog Summing It Up
Here we have covered the different ways a dog be found, such as dog licensing, tattoos, and microchips. Microchips are often the best to use. In the first few hours, you should search for your dog, create a flier, plaster our neighborhood with posters. You should also call all veterinarians, and check all shelters in the neighborhood. Revisit old neighborhoods if you have moved. Sometimes dogs are found as much as months later. If you need a resource to help find your dog, click here.
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