Lost & Found: Keeping Customers' Pets Safe


A family pet is lost every two seconds, and only one in ten of those is found again. Faced with those statistics, PetHub started National Lost Pet Prevention Month in July 2014 to get people talking about lost pets and to educate pet parents on how to avoid losing their pet or how to ensure they can recover it if it is lost.


With the start of summer backyard parties, fireworks and family trips, there’s an even greater risk of a pet going missing. You can help your customers keep their dog or cat safe and secure with these PetHub-recommended steps:


-Help ensure your customers’ pets are licensed and have an ID tag with the owner’s name and up-to-date contact information. For a more high-tech option than a traditional tag, digital IDs give pet parents the ability to store email addresses, phone numbers, licensing information and health information so their pet can easily be taken care of and returned to them if lost.


-If pets are going on a trip, make sure customers are equipped with the right kind of collar, harness and leash for their pet to prevent an escape in an unfamiliar place. Advise customers to check leashes and collars for any damage before going for walks.


-With family members and visitors going in and out during nice summer weather, doors accidentally left open can provide perfect escape opportunities for curious animals. Suggest safety gates with pet-proof latches that will keep pets securely inside.


-Make retail bundles or displays that showcase the important items for lost pet prevention, and be a resource for customers on how to keep their pet safe and the best ways to ensure their dog or cat is returned if it is lost.


See more on PetHub's Lost Pet Prevention page


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