Lost Dog Awareness Day

Did you know that April 23rd is Lost Dog Awareness Day? Sadly, as many as ten million pets go missing every year. While there are some amazing stories of dogs and their owners being joyfully reunited after long separations, unfortunately, many of missing pups never find their way home. A Mattoon, IL vet discusses lost dogs in this article.

Keeping Fido Safe

When it comes to pet care, an ounce of prevention can be worth several pounds of cure. If you have a yard, make sure the fencing is secure, so your pooch can’t tunnel under it or jump over it. We also strongly recommend using self-latching gates: many dogs have slipped out through gates left open by meter readers. It’s also important to keep your canine companion on a leash whenever you take him off your property. Training is crucial as well: the odds of Fido running off are much lower if he comes back when you call him.

ID

Is your dog microchipped? If so, that’s great! Dogs with microchips have much better odds of being returned to their owners than pooches without chips. Once Fido has been chipped, you’ll need to keep your records current in the manufacturer’s database. Don’t forget about those ID tags, either: they’re still the easiest way for someone to contact you if they find your canine buddy.

What To Do If Your Dog Gets Lost

If your pup does go missing, it’s crucial to take action right away. Start by doing a thorough search of your neighborhood. Check empty lots and ditches, just in case your furry friend is hurt and lying just out of sight. Next, make a flyer to post locally and online. Include photos with both front and side views of Fido, as well as your contact information and the date and location he was last seen. (Note: offering a reward—even a small one—can increase the odds of people responding.) Next, use classified ads and social media posts to spread the word. You’ll also want to start checking nearby shelters. Don’t just look at their websites: it’s best to go in person. Don’t give up hope: dogs have been reunited with their humans after being missing for weeks, months, and, in some cases, even years.

Do you have questions about your dog’s health or care? Contact us, your Mattoon, IL animal clinic, anytime!

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