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Lost Pet Prevention Month

Did you know that July is Lost Pet Prevention Month? This is a cause we can definitely get behind! There are some very heartbreaking statistics on the plight of lost pets. In fact, one in three pets will get lost at some point during their lives. In this article, a local Indianapolis, IN vet discusses some ways to decrease the risk of your pet getting lost.

Secure Fencing

Does your dog have a yard to play in? If so, make sure that your fencing is both secure and doggy-proof. If your pooch likes to dig, you may want to bury chicken wire beneath your fence line, and weight it down with some rocks. It’s also a good idea to get a self-latching gate. Far too many of our canine buddies have slipped out through gates left open by meter readers and pool technicians!

Keep Kitty Indoors

Keeping your cat indoors can greatly reduce, or even eliminate, the chances of your feline friend getting lost. Fluffy will also be much safer as an inside pet: cats that go outdoors face many serious risks, such as cars, predators, weather, and even other kitties.

Spay/Neuter

If you haven’t had your furry buddy spayed or neutered yet, we strongly recommend that you get this done right away. Pets that are intact are much more likely to run off, as they often want to go looking for love. Ask your vet for more information.

Guests

Sometimes guests accidentally let pets slip out open doors. This is particularly a hazard when one is hosting large groups of people. If you are having a celebration, barbeque, or other gathering at your home, put your furry friend in a secure area, especially as people are coming or going.

Precautions

In addition to the things listed above, there are also some other basic precautions that can reduce the risk of your furry pal running off. If you have a dog, keep Fido leashed whenever you take him off your property. Teaching your pup basic doggy obedience commands, like Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down, is also important. Last but not least, make sure your four-legged buddy is microchipped and wearing proper ID tags. Better safe than sorry!

Please do not hesitate to contact us, your local Indianapolis, IN animal hospital, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are always happy to help!

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