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I have always been one of those people who is overly concerned about keeping their animals safe, which is why I started visiting local pet stores to look for solutions. I talked with the owners about the products and services that could help me to eliminate common problems, and it was amazing to see the wide range of products that were available. Within a few weeks, I had finally gathered enough supplies to keep my animal safe and sound. This blog is all about understanding pet safety and learning to provide for your animals in a safe, effective, and convenient way.



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3 Ways To Increase The Chances Your Missing Dog Will Be Returned To You

by Caleb Jackson

One of the scariest moments you can have a dog owner is discovering that your dog is missing. Even though many dogs are reunited with their owners, others are not as lucky. You can increase the odds that your dog will be returned if you act now. Here are just a few ways you can protect your dog.

Order a Custom Dog ID Tag

Some dogs are not reunited with their owners due to a lack of ID. A custom dog ID tag can solve this issue. If your dog goes missing, your information will be readily available. Although you can find dog tags that you can fill in at your local pet store, ordering a custom dog ID tag is preferable.

Choose an ID tag that is the right size for your dog. For instance, if your dog is small, the tag should be, too. However, it needs to be large enough for the engraving. The ID tag's engraving should contain the dog's name and your contact information. Ideally, you should have two phone numbers inscribed on the tag.

Microchip Your Dog

A microchip is a tiny data chip that contains information about your dog. Depending on the chipping company you select, your dog's name and contact information can be assigned to the chip. Other companies have a unique identifier that is matched up with contact information is a database that is maintained by the chipping company.

The chip is placed beneath your dog's skin and is not noticeable. It is not painful to insert. If your dog is found and taken to a vet's clinic or animal shelter, the chip can be scanned. After searching the database, you and your dog can be reunited.

Use a GPS Locator

A GPS locator involves affixing a transmitter to your dog's collar. If your dog is missing, you can use your cell phone or other electronic device to find your dog's location. There are additional features that you can buy with the locator to improve the experience, including the addition of a virtual fence.

Although the locator can help you find your dog, it is important to note that it only works if your dog is wearing its collar. Using this in combination with another method, such as the microchip, can increase the chances that you find your dog.

Talk to your vet about other ways you can safeguard your dog and improve the odds of being reunited if it is missing.