Friday, 17 May 2013

What to do if your dog is lost

You call your dog and he doesn’t come. It’s the feeling that chills all dog owners. When a pet goes missing, it is important to take action fast. As a pet owner you must be aware what can happen to a lost pet in the open. But it is important not to get distress because it will hinder your capability to act rapidly. Remember dogs are homely creatures and he will most likely looking to get back his way back to home. Don’t threaten or call your pet in a panicky voice. Try to sound normal so that your pet can recognize your voice.

Here are some tips which will help you to find out your lost or stolen pet.
  • Don’t Panic: First and foremost thing is not to lose your calm. Try to think when you last saw him and where. How long was it? If it is more than hour or so, quickly look around your house and start searching outside. If he like to be on some path start from there.
  • Contact Local Vets and pet shelters: If you can’t find your pet in nearby localities and parks, start contacting local vet’s offices and shelter houses with description. If possible visit them and post flyers in offices of vet’s. Also contact local municipal department of your locality and give description of your dog.
  • Post Flyers: If you don’t able to find your dog in 2 days start posting flyers of lost dog with picture at all the available places in your locality and nearby areas. You can also post flyers in animal shelters, vet clinic, police station, pet groomer’s and stores.
  • An ad in the local paper: Post an ad in the local newspaper with a description of your dog. Give a 24 hour phone number where you can be reached and it is good to mention some reward.
  • Check lost and found sites: Check online lost and found websites if anyone has posted a notice that they found a lost dog. Also don’t forget to check found ads in newspaper each day your pet is lost.
  • Post on Facebook Pages: Social media can be used for finding a lost pet. Post photograph of dog on Facebook’s pet pages like . This will help in spreading the word among the pet owners and vets.
  • Your dog should have an ID tag on his color with your name, phone number and address on it.
  • Get your dog “chipped”, so that if he is found and taken to a vet’s office or animal shelter, a scan can reveal your contact details.

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