Advice from a Carmel Veterinarian: Protect Your Pet in Honor of National Lost Pet Prevention Month
Your beloved pet disappearing is likely one of the last things you want to think about. However, as a responsible pet owner, you need to be aware of the risk and take steps to protect your furry friend. Each year, about 10 million pets go missing in the United States, and many end up in shelters. Sadly, only a small percentage of animals who enter shelters without microchips or ID tags are ever reunited with their owners.
As your Carmel veterinarian, we don’t want you to experience the pain and anxiety of a lost pet. That’s why we’re sharing some advice about how you can protect your pet this July in honor of National Lost Pet Prevention Month. Keep reading to discover some helpful suggestions from the vets at VetCheck Pet Urgent Care Center.
1. Have them Neutered or Spayed
In addition to ensuring that your dog or cat won’t contribute to overpopulation, spaying and neutering offer numerous health benefits. Plus, they make pets less likely to wander off and get lost. These routine procedures eliminate an animal’s desire to reproduce, which makes them unlikely to run off in search of a mate.
2. Microchip Your Furry Friend
Microchipping has reunited countless pets with their owners. The non-surgical process takes just a few moments and provides lifetime protection. If your pet gets lost and ends up in a shelter, they will be scanned for a microchip. As long as you keep your contact information up-to-date, someone will contact you to reunite you with your furry friend.
3. Check Their ID Tag Regularly
Even microchipped animals should wear well-fitting collars and identification tags, especially outside the home. Check your pet’s ID tag regularly to make sure it’s legible and contains your current contact information.
Protect Your Pet for National Lost Pet Prevention Month
This July, commit to protecting your pet with the help of your Carmel veterinarian. Reach out to us today to schedule an appointment or request additional information.