What to Do If Your Pet Is Lost

by VetDepot on March 18, 2014

lost dog sign blogFor any owner, looking for a lost pet is a terrible experience. It’s difficult to stay calm when emotions are running high, but it’s important to have a plan.

Below are some steps to take for finding a lost pet:

•Maintain Home Base: If your pet just got out, it’s crucial to search the neighborhood right away. However, leave someone at home that your pet is familiar with in case he finds his way back home on his own.

•Make Posters: Create large posters with a recent photo and a clear phone number. If possible, include a reward.

•Make Fliers: Make a bunch of fliers that also include a photo and contact information. Hand them out to your neighbors and ask to hang them in local coffee shops and other establishments.

•Contact Shelters: Call every shelter in your area to see if any animals matching your pet’s description have come in. If possible, visit the shelters in person. Be sure to keep following up!

•Think Social: Take advantage of social media! Letting all of your virtual friends know that your pet is lost is a great way to get the word out. Photos are shared quickly via social media outlets, so you can reach a lot of people in a short amount of time.

Of course, prevention is the best medicine. Pet owners should always be sure their yards are secure and gates are not left open. Pets should be equipped with an up-to-date ID tag at all times and microchipped if possible. Proper identification makes it easier to track down a lost pet.

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