There is nothing most pet owners fear more than losing a pet from their home or vehicle. Anytime your dog or cat is not safely contained in your home, there is a chance it may stray and be lost or injured.
If your pet escapes, it may become frightened and not obey a call to come to you even if it is normally very obedient. Loud noises such as thunder or fireworks could cause your pet to bolt and not want to return home. An enticing new friend down the street or a chase after a squirrel may tempt your dog to run off. Some breeds such as sight hounds are noted for their instinct to chase prey and can never be let off leash. A frayed or chewed leash may break and allow your pet to escape even when you are holding it. Check your pet’s collar, harness and leashes regularly and replace any that are frayed or do not snap securely.
The best fences can be damaged by falling branches or undermined by a determined digger. During the winter deep crusty snow piles may enable pets to jump over fences that are normally too high. Be sure to check fences regularly for damage, especially after storms.
When traveling with your pet, be extra careful when getting in and out of the car. In unfamiliar surroundings, your pet may panic and run off. All pets should have identification tags on their collars. Implanted microchips can provide an additional identification method if a pet’s collar comes off. Even indoor cats should wear a collar with identification just in case they slip out an open door and wander away.
With a few safety precautions, pet owners can prevent accidental pet loss from occurring.