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Lost Pet Prevention Month

July is Lost Pet Prevention Month. This is a very important topic! As many as one in three pets will get lost at some point in their lives. Here, a Niwot, CO offers tips on keeping your animal companion safe and sound at home.

Microchipping

Microchipping is one of the best things you can do to keep your beloved pet safe. Your vet will inject the chip underneath your pet’s skin, using a hypodermic needle. This is a very simple procedure, much like getting a shot. You’ll need to fill out your information for the chipmaker’s database, however. The chip won’t work if your contact information is missing or outdated! (Tip: if your furry buddy has been chipped, search the AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup here  to check your records.)

Training

Training options vary from pet to pet, of course. Needless to say, Fluffy tends to train her humans, rather than it being the other way around. Reptiles and most exotics are also off the hook here. However, if you have a dog, teaching Fido basic commands like Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down can help keep him from running off. If you have a talking parrot, try teaching Polly to recite your name and address.

ID Tags

If your furry pal should ever get lost, tags are still the quickest and easiest way for someone to return them to you. If you’re concerned about your pet getting entangled in something, use a breakaway collar.

GPS Collars

The technological boom has made lots of great pet products available. While Fluffy and Fido may be more excited about automated laser pointers or mechanical ball launchers, GPS collars are also wonderful. If your pet just loves to run off and explore, you may want to consider getting one.

Safety Precautions

If you have a yard, make sure your fencing is secure. If you suspect that Fido may try to dig under your fence, bury chicken wire along it, and weight it down with rocks. We also recommend using self-latching gates. If you have a bird, keep doors and windows closed when Polly is out of her cage. For exotic animals, pocket pets, and reptiles, check habitats regularly to make sure they are escape-proof.

Please contact us, your Niwot, CO pet clinic, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’ve been dedicated to providing great care since 1946!

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