30 Nov 2017 Common Reasons Pets Go Missing & How to Avoid Them
When it comes to your furry best friend, you don’t want to take any chances. The ASPCA estimates over 10 million dogs and cats are lost or stolen in the U.S. every year. One in three pets will become lost at some point during their life. That means that 1 out of every 3 pets goes missing, and only 10 percent are ever found.
To prevent your pet from going missing, it’s important to understand the reasons why dogs and cats run away. Whether it’s because of an easy escape route or curiosity, keeping track of your pet isn’t easy. With a GPS pet tracking system like GoFindR, you won’t have to worry about losing your pet again.
Below are 4 common reasons why pets go missing and what you can do to avoid them.
Moving to a New Home
Moving to a new home is often one of the most common reasons pets go missing. If your pet does get out, they won’t be familiar with the new neighborhood and won’t know which way is home. Many pets will try and look for their old home and end up getting more lost. If you are planning on moving to a new home, it’s a good idea to get your pet acquainted with their new surroundings by taking them on frequent walks around the neighborhood.
Nature is Calling
When a dog is in heat they have a natural urge to find a mate. This powerful reproductive drive often leads to pets finding innovative ways to escape. There’s not a lot you can do about this natural drive, especially if one of your neighbor’s pets is also in heat. One thing you can do to prevent your pet from running away is to get them spayed or neutered. You should always put preventive measures in place like a good fence, microchip, or a GPS pet tracking system.
If you’re at work all day and your pet is left home alone, this can result in serious cases of boredom. Pets need to be kept active and entertained, especially if they are puppies. If your pet gets too bored, they may start getting creative and find ways to escape. Some things you can do to prevent your pup from getting bored is making sure they have the proper exercise they need based on their size and age, and keeping them entertained with things like toys and some quality one on one time.
Easy Escape Routes
Ultimately it’s up to you to make sure your pet doesn’t go missing. You should ensure that your backyard is fully enclosed with a sturdy fence that doesn’t leave room for any digging under or chewing through. Pets are more clever than you think, and are pros at finding a way to get out when they want to. If you cover all of your bases by making sure that there is no easy escape route in your house or yard, you are one step closer to keeping your pet safe.
While these tips may help you avoid missing pets, it’s always important to prepare for the event that your pet does escape. If your pet goes missing, you can easily find them with the GoFindR GPS pet tracking system. With this lightweight, waterproof pet tracker that attaches to your pet’s collar, you can track your pet’s location, activity levels, and even barking from your mobile phone.
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