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Reducing the Risk of Family Pets Going Missing*


We've either experienced this moment ourselves or know someone who has - that gut-wrenching moment when you think your family pet has gone missing. Luckily, more often than not, your pet turns up pretty fast, whether they’ve discovered a fantastic hiding place behind the sofa or have gone for a wander down the road, but for some families a pet can go missing for weeks and even forever. When you have a young family this loss can hit them especially hard, and they might not be able to comprehend or deal with the possibility that they may never see their best friend again.
Locating your pet can be a costly and time-consuming experience and can put strain on even the most secure relationships. Minimising the risk of this happening is simpler than you may think, and by making sure your dog or cat is collared and tagged, they can be returned to you much sooner. If not, your pet may be mistaken for a stray and it will be a much longer process to reunite you. Here are some simple measures you can take to make sure your pet is returned home safe and sound.


Dog and Cat Tags
Tagging your pet could not be simpler and ensures your cat or dog is always carrying around your important details with them, allowing them to be returned to you more quickly. You can do so by having your pet fitted with a collar and tag. These are inexpensive and are can be engraved with that all-important information, including your address and telephone number and even your pet’s name.
Microchipping
Tagging aside, it’s a good idea to consider having your pet microchipped in case they go missing. It is advisable to have your pet chipped as it ensures that should your pet lose their tag or collar, then they are still carrying your contact details. Microchipping involves inserting a tiny rice sized chip under the pet’s skin and is a painless procedure that can save you huge amounts of time and money in the long run. Although you cannot see this chip, if a pet does have one, the information can be accessed by a scanner if they end up in an animal rescue centre or a vet.


Know Where They Are

It's difficult to know where your pet is at all times, especially if you have a cat that roams free both day and night. Dogs can easily escape from a garden that may seem secure by squeezing through a gap in the fence or through a gate which has been accidentally left open. Be sure to check on your pet every so often to ensure their safety and security. 
Walkies!
If you have a dog, be sure to walk them around the local area so they become familiar with the route back to your house should they become lost.  This may seem like a simple idea, but many families choose to drive to popular walking locations so the dog doesn’t often get to experience the local neighbourhood. When in an unfamiliar location be wary of allowing your dog off the lead, especially if it is a built-up and potentially dangerous area.



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