Preventing the loss of pets
Some silver linings have emerged from the new coronavirus COVID-19, despite the devastation, uncertainty, and disruption it has caused in the lives of millions of people. Individuals and families that are required to spend more time at home have the chance to open their homes to animals in need.
The number of people adopting pets has risen as they have more time to spend with their furry friends. The Pet Health Network notes that people who are feeling lonely because they are isolated from others often turn to their dogs to help them cope. One week in March 2020, the Lucky Dog Animal Rescue in Virginia took in and adopted 134 animals from high-kill shelters, which is the agency's monthly average. There has been a surge in the number of animals available for adoption in 43.5% of New York City animal shelters since the COVID-19 outbreak, according to data collected as early as May 2020.
To ensure the safety and security of their pets, new pet owners are reminded to remember to take every precaution. Summer is a great time for pets to go out of their owners' sight. Pets can be scared by increased thunderstorms and fireworks displays. More time spent outside may also make it simpler for so-called "escape artists" to break free from their owners' backyards or leashes. Fortunately, there are some things pet owners can do to keep their pets safe.
The collar and ID should be worn by all pets at all times. A current phone number should be included. Pet supply stores and the Animal Humane Society's facilities also sell ID tags that can be customized.
It is possible to track a dog or cat's health by implanting a microchip under its skin. A handheld scanner can read the low radio frequency emitted by microchips, which are about the size of a grain of rice. Scanners are now a standard feature in nearly all veterinarians' offices and animal shelters. According to HomeAgain, a microchip provider, microchips are designed to last the life of the pet. The pet's chip will be linked to a database of owner information that can be quickly updated online once it has been registered.
Pets who have been sterilized are less likely to wander the streets in search of a partner and go lost, the American Humane Society claims.
A pet-proof yard and house may necessitate certain alterations on the part of the owner. Some dogs and cats have the ability to climb over or tunnel under fences. Consult your vet for advice on pet-proofing your home.
Keep pets on a leash: Even the most well-behaved pets might change their behavior when they're out of the house. Dogs will be safer on walks if they wear a collar or harness and a leash.
Make sure you know how to prevent your pet from getting lost by following these simple steps.