A missing dog is something that all dog owners hope never happens to them, but how can you reduce the risk and what should you do if the worst happens?
Whether it’s a case of wandering off on a walk, escaping the safety of the garden or even being stolen, it’s a scary time for owner (and dog!) when they go missing.
Thankfully, the team at Sainsbury’s Bank Money Matters have put together a handy downloadable guide with tips on prevention along with how to make a lost pet kit, just in case. The guide helps you take steps to avoid dog theft, and lists tips to help prevent escapees.
It provides a really useful list of organisations that may be able to assist finding your dog, which could be a real timesaver in an urgent situation.
My tip when searching for a lost dog is to use social media. Many towns have local groups allowing a variety of posts. Posting details in such a group can be helpful, although always be mindful of the information you are posting publicly.
Remember, microchipping can help you find your lost dog and is now compulsory and while other pets do not have to be microchipped, they can be – ask your vet for details.
So, take a few minutes to prepare a missing pet kit, just in case, and do what you can to prevent a missing dog, but above all else go out and enjoy time with your dog keeping yourself and your dog safe!