The precautions we can take to prevent pets from going missing include keeping them indoors, keeping gates locked and avoiding leaving companion animals tied (even momentarily) to gates / in public spaces without supervision. Keep dogs on leash during walks and do not let them go out for walks on their own. Additionally, these tools help keep our pets safe or find them when they’re missing.
Harness — A harness (seen in this picture) wraps comfortably around a dog’s chest, and is used with a leash. It prevents your dog from backing up and slipping his head out of the collar, and is useful during vet visits (or on walks), where he’s likely to do this out of fear or aggression towards other animals. Harnesses are also suitable for boisterous dogs as they have the advantage of reducing pressure on the neck.
Microchip — This is a chip embedded through an injection under the skin in a cat or dog and contains contact information of the owner. If someone finds your pet, they will need a microchip scanner (usually available at veterinary clinics) to search for the chip and get your contact info.
Digital Tag — This tag is affixed to your pet’s collar and allows you to update your contact information online, so anyone who finds your missing dog can instantly access your number by scanning the tag with his smartphone (using the QR code). You are immediately notified of the location of the pet when they scan the tag with their phone. If the finder doesn’t have a smartphone, they can access your contact information online by entering the unique alphanumeric code that is printed on the tag. To protect your privacy, you can keep your contact info hidden online and make it visible only if the pet goes missing. These tags can be purchased at Pets101 stores (9841222223) or at www.pettagu.com.
Tag with number — Even if you have micro-chipped your pet or used a digital tag, a simple metal tag engraved with your dog’s name and your number (attached to the collar) are a must, as this enables easy identification of the owner if the finder is not tech-savvy. Leave the tagged collar on (even at home), as pets often go missing when we least expect it.