How Pet Owners Can Prevent Their Pets from Getting Lost

by Lisa Fimberg on December 7, 2020

There is nothing more disheartening than when a dog or cat is nowhere to be found.  Maybe they merely ran out the door or somehow decided to explore the neighborhood.  Whatever the case, all any pet owner wants is to find their pet and bring them home.

While accidents do occur, there are many ways that pet owners can lessen the chance of their pet getting lost.   According to statistics, one in three pets become lost at some point in their lives which is why it’s best that pet owners are prepared.

By having the right identification on their pets and by securing their homes, pet owners can certainly lessen the odds.

Some tips for pet owners to consider to prevent their pets from getting lost:

All pets should be wearing some sort of physical identification

Every cat or dog should wear some sort of physical ID tag that is always on them.  Even if the dog or cat is microchipped, a physical id is more convenient and can be read immediately.  If someone finds a lost pet and sees a physical identification tag, they can just call the pet owner immediately with very little effort involved.

Pet parents need to make sure that their pets’ microchips are up to date

Since your customers already have their pets microchipped, it is important that they register their pets in the national recovery database associated with your store. Further, they should make sure that they continually update their records with current addresses and phone numbers.

Having their pets’ microchipped (with their current address) is the most accurate and reliable way to reunite cats and dogs to their owners if they do become lost.  While microchipping is the best assurance for lost pets, a pet id tag on top of this will help if any dog or cat runs out in the neighborhood.

Pet parents need to make sure their home is secure

Pet parents can secure their homes by checking all the doors and gates to make sure their pets cannot get out.  Doors should never be left open for a long time when greeting guests or otherwise.  Some dogs and cats are escape artists and will run out before any pet owner even says hello!  Being extra cautious is always the best prevention.

Spaying or neutering their pets can help pets from straying

Spayed or neutered pets are less likely to roam to find a mate.  Lost dogs will be more likely to seek out opportunities to breed if they are not spayed or neutered – creating motivation for them to stray from the home.

Train dogs (and some cats!) that running out is not acceptable

If pet parents can take the time to train their dogs when they are puppies that running out the door is not acceptable, their pets are more likely to stay put.  Further, when pet owners are outdoors at any time with their dog, it is important that they keep their leashes on their pups.

While out, pet owners should introduce their dogs to their neighbors.  These are typically the first people to check with if the dog has run out of the house.

Searching for pets

The first place to start is everywhere in their home: closets, cupboards, and all accessible spaces inside their homes.  They can continue to search behind their cars, inside pipes and culverts, in heavy brush, sheds, basement crawl spaces, open garages, as well as under the decks.

For cats that get out, trees, roofs, and attics should also be checked.

Leaving their favorite food or toy out can also be enticing for their pets if they are close by to return home.

With the proper id, registered microchip and home prevention, pet parents can feel better prepared if their dog or cat does become lost.

If your customers have questions about losing their pets, microchipping or other home preparedness, our agents are there to help.  Contact our Success Team ( to learn more about this service!



Lisa FimbergHow Pet Owners Can Prevent Their Pets from Getting Lost