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Lost Pet Prevention

Personalized Dog Collar

There is nothing more frustrating than a Houdini pet that makes a mad dash whenever the door opens and escapes into the great outdoors before you can stop them. According to the American Humane Association, 1 in 3 pets will go missing in their lifetime. To help ensure your pet is returned as quickly and safely as possible put these tips into effect for Lost Pet Prevention Month.

  •  Pet ID Tag – A tag attached to your pet’s collar will help the finder identify your pet and provides a way of contacting you. Make sure that ID tags are always on the pet because you never know when a pet may become lost.
  • Microchip – Microchipping a pet helps ensure they will always have a way of being identified if they become lost. Microchips are a great option for the owner who doesn’t keep a pet in their collar and tags while at home.  
  • Personalized Pet Collar – Creating a collar that is customized with your pet’s name and a phone number ensures your pet is identified right away when found.
  • Proper Collars, Harnesses and Leashes – Make sure your pet is wearing a collar or harness that fits properly so they can’t slip out of them during walks or travel. The leash should be the right size for the environment you’re in. For example, a traffic leash allows you to keep your dog close to your side in high traffic areas and a longer leash allows them more freedom to explore areas that are less busy and pet safe. All products should be replaced if they start to show wear.
  • Secure Outdoor Spaces – Check outdoor spaces your pet may be allowed to roam for properly functioning gates and fences. If you put your pet on a tie out, make sure the tie out doesn’t show any signs of weakness and never leave your pet unattended for extended periods of time.
  • Have All Paperwork Available – Be sure to have vet records and paperwork for your pet to help prove ownership when the pet is found. It helps to keep a current photo of your pet to use on lost flyers, show people or assist in proving ownership.

 

Pet Travel Safety

Travel Products for Dogs

The number of owners traveling with their pets in the car has doubled in the past decade. As younger generations are increasingly becoming pet owners, they are taking their pets everywhere with them. Before departure, you should always determine the right accommodations for your pet and if there are any pet laws in the area you’re traveling in to which you should abide.

In some states, it is illegal for your pet to ride in the car without being restrained. Not only can pets distract you while driving, they also can become a projectile during an accident. Only 28% of dog owners use some type of restraint to secure their dog in the car.

The most common restraint is a harness. Dog auto harnesses are easy to put on, comfortable and still allow your pet to see out the windows. A tether can also be used with harnesses to allow more comfort and convenience. Tethers are also adjustable to control the mobility of your pet. Some harnesses, like the Easy Rider® Car Harness, double as a walking harness. This is an easy way to travel safely and quickly start walking your dog upon arrival.

Dog Booster seats are also great for containing your dog in the car. Bergan® offers the Comfort Hanging Booster and Sitting Booster. The hanging booster is adjustable for different heights and hangs from the seat while the sitting booster has an elevated base that sits on the seat. They both offer storage pockets for travel accessories such as poo bags, water bowls and leashes.

Just like dog owners, taking a cat along in the car is more common among younger generations. Bergan® Comfort Carriers™ are great for small dogs and cats. They are often used for everyday errands or vet visits and are airline compatible. These soft-sided carriers feature mesh panels for maximum breathability and a washable fleece travel bed for convenience.  Some also come with wheels for easy mobility.

Don’t forget to give your pet plenty of water if you are traveling to the park or in the car for long periods of time. Collapsible bowls are easy to carry and store to keep pets hydrated.

Traveling safely with your pets, whether going to the park or on vacation, will make all trips more enjoyable. Learn more information at Coastal Pet’s Pet Travel Safety education center.