Lost pets

When you take your pet with you, there is always a worry that the pet might get lost on the road. LiveScience.com reports that Dogs Get Found, Cats Stay Lost.

The findings, published in the Jan. 15 issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, found that while 71 percent of lost dogs in the Dayton, Ohio, area were reunited with their owners, only 53 percent of lost cats ended up back at home.

The reason appears to be that dogs are more likely to have identification on them that helps make the connection between dog and owner. So there are several things to do to make sure a lost pet doesn’t stay lost. First is to make sure your pet carries identification and second is to let people know you are missing a pet.

Identification means both a microchip and a collar tag. On cats, especially, people may not think to look for a microchip. It also appears that there are different flavors of microchip and that may cause difficulty in identifying and reading them. Redundancy by having both chip and collar tag increases the odds that your pet will be identified as lost and a reunion made possible.

Notify people in the area in which the pet was lost and the nearby animal shelter that you are looking for your pet and need help. The shelter may dispose of a pet if it isn’t aware that it is being sought. Local residents will often keep a look out for you, too.

And always, take precautions to keep your pet from getting lost in the first place. This means always keeping the animal under leash or otherwise constrained. Watch out for unlatched doors and for surprise circumstances that may cause a bolt. Be prepared.

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