9 Holiday Gifts for your Dog

 

Having trouble finding a gift for your furry friends?

 9 Holiday Gifts for your Dog

  1. The TrackR While some dogs like to roam, most dogs want to stay close to come or at least find their way back to their home as soon as possible if they do get lost. The TrackR can help reunite you with your dogs in minutes if he gets lost. Simply attach the TrackR to his collar and using your phone, you can quickly determine his last known location.
  2. FitBark Your dog wants to live a long healthy life with you. In fact, nothing would make him happier than to be forever young and at your side. While you can’t keep your dog forever, you can keep him forever young while he’s still around.  The FitBark helps you to track your dog’s activity, health and behavior even alerting you to potential health issues. Slap on your own FitBit and you can make goals for you and your dog that will keep you both healthier and happier for a long time to come.
  3. Puddle Jumper Pups Dress up your dog’s daily walk by getting him a cute leash and collar from Puddle Jumper Pups. They make designer leashes and collars for every season of the year, which will leave your dog feeling happy and confident about himself. A little bit of sass and class and maybe he’ll even holding his head a little higher. We want to look our best, maybe our dogs do, too.
  4. Pet Subscription Boxes There’s a subscription box for just about everything these days and thank goodness our dogs are not left out. Everyone loves to get packages in the mail on the regular, so why not subscribe to one or more for your dog.  These boxes include everything your dog loves including toys, treats and grooming products.  Whether you send him one or set him up for the whole year, your dog will certainly love you for it and maybe he’ll become a little fonder of the mail man, too. 
  5. Custom Stuffed Dog While this stuffed dog is not made for your dog to play with, it is the gift the literally keeps on giving in more ways than one. These stuffed dogs are made as almost exact replicas of your dog.  By submitting a few photos, your custom dog will be on your doorstep in no time. The best part is that proceeds will help support shelters and rescues.  Also, your dog never wants you to forget him and well, this stuffed dog replica will be a forever reminder of your best fur pal – not that you need a reminder.
  6. Cozy Beds If you’re like many pet parents, you probably have a dog bed in each room of your house, even if your dog sleeps in your bed. Things get chilly in the winter months and your dog probably would appreciate a new bed to being comfort and warmth to his bones.  These dog beds by Orvis will bring out the desire for long naps in your dog.  Their Tempur-pedic, memory foam and ToughChew dog beds provide great options for any and all dogs.  Maybe you should just get your dog one of each,no?
  7. Keep your dog hydrated on the go with the aqua bottle portable no spill water bottle. This cool bottle will fit right in your cup holder and also comes with a strap to attach to your belt or your back pack. Cool and convenient!
  8. If your dog is prone to a little anxiety or loneliness while you are away then buy him the dvd “While You are Gone”! This calming video will keep your dog captivated and mesmerized leaving him little time to be lonely while you’re away as he takes a virtual walk through the woods. While the video is only just over an hour, the auto loop features enables your dog to watch all day long.
  9. For dogs who love a good ball game, the Chuckit! Pro is a game changer! Throw the ball faster and farther than ever before! It’s great for you as well because you don’t have to keep picking up the slimy, slobbery ball!  Yes, way!

The sky is the limit when it comes to shopping for your dog this holiday season. With a little creativity and a lot of love, you are sure to find some great options for your dog this season and beyond.  Happy Shopping!

Reasons To Be Thankful If You Have A Cat

Reasons to be Thankful for Cats

 

Every year as families gather around the table for Thanksgiving; people get a chance to say what they are thankful for. In most cases, it is family, health, love, friends and spending time together. After saying all this, everyone digs down into the lovely spread laid down in front of them. Surprisingly, people may not always say this out loud, but they are thankful for their beloved cats. It is not always the first thing that comes to mind, giving thanks to a cat but the bulk of cat owners will agree that their cats are important parts of their lives. Below are some reasons to be thankful for cats.

 

Cats offer companionship

You have had a long day and finally get home. Once you sit or lie down, your cat appears, jumps on your lap and starts purring as it drifts off. That simple act can warm your heart and brighten your day. Cats are great for companionship. Despite their aloof nature sometimes, when they do decide to be sociable, cats can be the greatest of companions.

 

Cats make you laugh

Have you ever wondered why people spend so many hours watching cat videos online? The answer is simple; cats do the funniest of things. One would think they have a funny gene encoded into their DNA. Cats are entranced by a string or chase the light from a flashlight in curiosity for ages. We will find ourselves laughing hard as we wonder what goes on in the heads of these creatures.

 

Cats give us purpose

Depending on your point of view, some people see taking care of cats as a way to keep them busy which is true. Others are under the impression that taking care of a cat brings them immense happiness. There is plenty of work and responsibility that goes into taking care of your cat. The best part is that it all comes back magnified in the happiness they bring to our lives. By giving us a good reason to get out of bed every morning, they provide us with a sense of purpose.

 

Cats keep us on our toes

Keeping someone on their toes does not exactly sound like a task someone should be thankful for but surprisingly it is. As a parent of cats, bringing them up is not always the simplest thing, and there are some challenges to expect along the way. The cat may decide to push off a vase off the table or something similar. You have to be involved to prevent any disaster from occurring. The little fur balls increase one’s sense of awareness and help them to be a better parent.

 

Cats improve your health

Parenting a pet has scientifically been proven to reduce blood pressure, minimize stress and lower the possibility of contracting heart-related health issues. One way in which cats help improve your health is by keeping you on the move. Kittens have plenty of energy to the point that watching them may wear you down. Taking care and playing with your pets is a sure way to stay more active and healthier.

 

The list could go on and on, right? Cats are wonderful pets who most certainly add to the spice of life.

Why are YOU thankful for your cat?  

8 Reasons Why Your Cat Is Thankful For You.

8 Reasons Why Your Cat Is Thankful for You

 

Cats may come off as high-strung, independent and along with the perception that they don’t really need you there. And it may even be true, to a certain extent. But that doesn’t mean a cat isn’t grateful for your existence – so, let’s explore the 8 reasons why your cat is thankful for you on this year’s Thanksgiving.

 

 

  • Protection

 

All animals need to feel safe, and cats are no different. Would they be able to survive without you? Maybe. But they’re surely thankful that you provide them with all the things that makes them feel safe and relaxed.

 

  • Nourishment

 

Food is an important part in a cat’s life. While they’re natural predators that have no trouble finding and catching their own food, the delicious food you serve them whenever they’re hungry is much more appreciated than if they’d have to scavenge or hunt. The path of least resistance applies to animals as well, cats included.

 

  • Affection

 

Independent as they may be, cats also need to feel love. It’s what makes them feel safe, and it’s what makes them share their love with you in return. So the affection you give them, you’ll get back – which is what makes them hugely grateful for your existence and constant support.

 

  • Social circle

 

With dogs, you’re the leader and they’re the humble followers – with cats, odds are you’re the one the cat thinks it rules over. That’s okay, as cats love their subjects. But what makes them grateful is that they have someone in their life, someone they can eventually see as their very own.

 

  • Shelter

 

Shelter is a major component in getting an animal to feel safe, and once your cat learns that your home is safe for it as well, it’ll be more than grateful for the added protection. Sure, they’ll soon make sure they become the rulers of your castle, but that’s why you love your cats in the first place.

 

  • Play

 

Animals need to play in order to keep their activity levels up, to receive the mental and physical stimulation, and to work on their reflexes, along with learning about their limits and the world around them. Playing with your cat will not only provide that, but they’ll also be highly thankful for you doing it.

 

  • Toys

 

Tied to the above point, toys are a great way to make sure cats are kept active and avoid them becoming destructive with your own stuff. Cat toys can be a lot of fun for them, and they’ll be grateful whenever you introduce something new they can play with then you don’t have the time or you’re away.

 

  • Stimulation

 

Cats need a lot of stimulation in order to remain healthy and happy – they’re curious in nature, and presenting them with toys, new food, playing with them and petting them will make them very happy and consequently thankful for your existence.

Again, while your cat may appear not to care so much at times, he’s always grateful for the life you have provided for him.  What might your cat be grateful for?

 

Sitter for your Critter is grateful for you and your furry kids 365 days a year!

Can I take my dog trick or treating?

Is it safe?

Trick or Treating

 

Can I Take My Dog Trick Or Treating?

 

Trick or Treating is synonymous with annual Halloween celebrations across the United States so it’s understandable that you want to bring your dog along to enjoy the holiday.  It’s perfectly alright to take your trick or treating however, there are some things you need to keep in mind before you even step out for the evening.

To trick or treat or not trick or treat? That is the question…

  1. Be sure your dog can be easily identified should he become lost.  Make sure your dog wears his id tags.  His tags should be up to date and include your most used telephone number and address.  Also, microchip your dog if you have not yet done so and be sure information that is linked to the microchip is all up to date as well. This step should be taken any time your dog leaves home not just on Halloween.
  2. Don’t allow your dog to eat any sweet treats.  The smells of Halloween are amazing, aren’t they? Your dog will agree!  He will eat chocolate and other sweet treats should he have prime opportunity so be sure that you are watching him like a hawk. Candy can be toxic to your dog in more ways than one so be very careful.  Also be sure to make sure all of your companions for the day aware that of the dangers of giving your dog candy and other sweet treats.
  3. Proceed with caution when dressing up your pet.  Never dress up your pet if he appears to be aggravated, cranky or uncomfortable. Always make sure that your dog can see clearly and that his mobility is not restricted in any way.  
  4. Consider your dog’s personality and temperament.  If your dog isn’t a fan of crowds, kids, or loud noises, bringing him trick-or-treating is just mean and you’re really putting him in the position of acting in an aggressive way. Dogs that are scared will often react out of fear and that’s never a fun scenario.
  5. Leash your dog.  This is never up for debate.  You need to make sure that your dog is under your control and easily restrained or pulled to safety at ALL times.  Neglecting to do so is downright irresponsible.
  6. Follow your dog’s cues.  If your dog starts to appear anxious or upset, then it’s time to call it a night and drop him off at home.  Your dog should never be subject to being uncomfortable or upset simply because you want him with you. Your dog’s senses may become too overloaded in the crowds of trick-or-treaters.  If he needs some space, give it to him.

Bottom line

Even if your dog always loves to go for walks, Halloween night is just a little different in terms of what your dog will experience and more importantly, what your dog will be able to tolerate.  A little consideration ahead of time will help you and your dog have a safe and happy Halloween.  

 

What are the trick or treat times in your town?

 

 

 

The 5 Best Large Dog Halloween Costume Ideas

 

5 Best Large Dog Halloween Costumes

 

Large dogs might not be the first kinds of dogs you’d imagine sporting a great Halloween costume, but it doesn’t need to be so. Even if their size can be discouraging when you consider a good costume for them, here are the five best large dog Halloween costumes you can try out and have fun with soon enough!

 

 

  • Superhero

 

A simple cape and some special markings are all that you need to turn your big dog into a huge superhero on the streets for Halloween. Regardless if you’re going for Superman or Batman or any of the other cape-wearing superheroes out there, your dog will be able to pull it off easily. And you don’t even need to go for an already established superhero – create your own and let your imagination fly!

 

 

  • Large feline

 

Whether it’s a lion, where you’d have to use a lion’s mane costume, or a simple cat, puma, leopard or a tiger – there’s nothing cooler as turning your dog into a cat. A couple cat ears, a few whiskers and you’re already set with your big cat costume for your big dog. Works amazingly well coupled with some full-body costumes for the types of cats with specific patterns on their fur – think leopard spots or tiger stripes.

 

 

  • Firefighter

 

A firefighter’s hard hat, something red and yellow and you have a complete firefighter’s costume for your dog. Works amazingly well with a large Dalmatian specimen, but most big dogs can and will pull it off wonderfully. They’re easy to get by and some variants can also be improvised at home. And considering it’s just a hat and maybe a body cover, the dog won’t mind it all that much granted the hat isn’t heavy.

 

 

  • Mount for action figures

 

Get your favorite action figure, character or doll and strap them on your dog’s back. Use a harness as a saddle, and stick the figurine to it. Whether it’s a cowboy riding your dog around, or a princess riding her mount, your imagination is the limit. Again, a very easy, DIY Halloween costume, perfect for most larger breeds of dogs.

 

 

  • Zebra

 

Zebras look cool, and a large dog can pull off that look amazingly well with a full body zebra costume. Use a lightweight, breathable material and don’t keep it on your dog for a long time, just in case. But turning your dog into a zebra, even if for a few minutes in order to get those important pictures for your social media profiles can be very rewarding, and won’t negatively impact your dog. Plus, it looks amazingly original!

Never leave your dog alone if they’re wearing a Halloween costume, regardless of what costume it is. They can get stuck, can get hurt and need help, so be responsible and keep an eye out for what they’re doing while in costume.

Is it safe to let your cat outside?

 

Is It Safe To Let Your Cat Go Outside?

Deciding whether your cat should be allowed outside or whether it should stay in all day is quite the conundrum. Some say letting it out has numerous benefits while others are absolutely not up for the idea. There are both pros and cons to this scenario. Let’s see which ones outweigh the other and see if we can maybe end this debate that has been going on for eons.

 The Pros

Cats that are let to go outside every once in a while are less likely to be ill mannered. Here are a few advantages to letting them out every so often.

Less Damage Done

Cats that are let to roam outside every so often have some manners. They are less likely to pee on the floor or cushions of your sofa as they know best where to urinate. Keeping them outside for a while also ensures that they do not get to claw at your furniture. They have a whole new world to explore thus keeping themselves busy and less bored.

Weight Check

Cats that go outside more often are fit. If a cat stays indoors all day just eating and lazing, it is definitely bound to put on a few pounds.

Adventure

Indoor cats sometimes get bored too easily and will end up overeating to pass time. This means they rely solely on the owners for company and comfort thus making them a little too dependent. In the event that the owner does stay away from home for a few days, the cat could easily get stressed. Let the cat out once in a while and allow it to explore and get some social stimulation. This will make it more independent.

Pest Control

Cats help in keeping the rodents away from the garden and kitchen. Let them run around warding off the pests.

The Cons

Cats will encounter numerous dangers once they step outside the house and this can prove disadvantageous.

Traffic Accidents

If you live close to a road that is quite busy, cats could get seriously injured or even die. This proves to be a great risk to their lives.

Stray Animals

Stray animals roaming outside can easily infect your cat leading to diseases and even causing harm.

Loss

Cats can very easily get lost. They can get picked up by a stranger and led to a different environment. Cats are curious creatures and will always go exploring unknown areas.

Poisoning

Cats can very easily get poisoned by eating poisoned pests. Even some plants growing in the gardens are poisonous to cats.

What To Do?

You can compromise. Let the cat out during the day when there are fewer dangers and keep them indoors at night. Train them so that when you call out to them they can come back home. Get them vaccinated to keep them safe. Ensure they have identification and a leash when they go outside as a precaution. Choose to hold the, when going out instead of them leaping out alone.

 

How important is it to trim my dog’s nails?

 

How Important Is It to Trim My Dog’s Nails?

 Dog’s nails, just like humans, grow continuously. Wild dogs wear down their nails naturally from hunting, traveling and moving along the different terrain. They, therefore, don’t need any trimming.

Domesticated dogs, however, spend a lot of time indoors and on soft surfaces from which their nails wouldn’t wear down and therefore require extra help in managing the length of their nails by clipping them.

How can you tell your dog’s nails are too long? First it’s visible and secondly, you might notice that they make a clicking sound when the dog walks on the floor or tiles. If they’re overly grown, you’ll also notice your dog walking in an unusual manner.

 

Importance of Trimming Dog Nails

 

  1. When the nails get too long, they are vulnerable to breaking and chipping especially when the dog is playing. This can cause a painful wound that might demand the attention of a veterinary doctor.

 

  1. When playing outside, the dog risks tearing their toenails which can lead to infection, extreme pain and difficulty walking.

 

  1. Overgrown nails in dogs can also affect their gait. They can compromise their ability to walk properly because with each step they feel pain. You might notice that your dog avoids walking. This is because the overgrown nails are likely causing pain as they walk, move or stand.

 

  1. In extreme cases, the nails can curl around and end up embedded into the paws of the dog’s feet.

 

  1. Long term, overgrown nails can lead to a realignment of the foreleg joints making the dog’s feet look splayed and flatted.

 

How & Who To Trim Your Dog’s Nails

 There are varying tools that can be used for clipping your dog’s nails all of which you can use on your own, or have a vet or groomer clip the nails for you.  Despite who does the clipping, the tools used are the same.

Dog nail clippers come in a variety of styles. When choosing a nail clipper, buy depending on the size of your dog. If the clipper is too big, this increases the risk of slipping and cutting more nail that necessary which could cause bleeding on the dog.

There are also small Dremels that can be used for trimming. They usually have a grinding tool that can used to sand off some of the dog’s nail. It’s great for rounding and buffing the nail edges thus giving a neater finish.

Trimming your dog’s nails might be an advantage especially for the dog because they’re likely to be calmer with you. You could also use treats to reward him after cutting each nail and encourage him to keep calm until the process is over.

You could also have your vet trim the nails during your dog’s check-up in which case the vet will include the cost of nail clipping in your total bill. If all you need is to have the dog nails clipped by your vet, you can spend $10 or less on the job.

Groomers normally include nail clipping in the grooming package. The entire job which normally includes washing, hair and nail trimming, as well as styling costs an average of $30 to $90 but getting your nails don can cost as little as $5

We have some fabulous groomers in our area so check them out and book an appointment ASAP!

Here are some awesome locations we recommend we even know a great MOBILE groomer!

Groomers in Portsmouth, NH

Club Cainine

Your Pet’s Peeve

Pawtsmouth Grooming Salon

InDogneato (MOBILE) 

 

 

 

Precautions when caring for your senior pet

Caring for your Senior Pets

 

Is your dog showing signs of aging as he approaches senior status? If your dog has slowed down a bit, lost some of his spunk or agility or maybe has some grey hair in his muzzle, it’s possible he has already reached the status of a canine senior citizen.  It’s just as important now as when your dog was a puppy to carefully consider his needs at his current stage in life.  Just like humans, canine senior citizens has specific needs, too.

Here are some tips for your senior pups

  1. Keep up with exercise. While it may seem practical to just the let the poor old dog rest, he still needs exercise to keep his bones and muscles strong.  Those old bones need to move to help reduce bone pain associated with arthritis and old age. If you’re not sure about how much exercise is safe for your dog, speak to your veterinarian. He’ll help you figure how much movement your dog needs at this stage in his life.
  2. Visit the veterinarian regularly. Most vets recommend a visit twice a year. Health issues at this stage of life tend to pop up out of nowhere.  Visits to the vet will still include a physical exam, blood tests and a quick assessment of dental hygiene.  Your vet will more easily be able to identify changes in your dog if he sees him more regularly. Neglecting your dog’s health at any age is never a good idea.
  3. Reassess what you are feeding your dog. A high quality diet is still important as your dog ages but you will probably need to adjust the amount of calories that he is eating on a regular basis.  Fat storage becomes more prevalent as your dog ages so keeping a close eye on your dog’s diet is key to maintaining good health and helping your dog get around with ease.  A diet high in protein along with antioxidants and vitamins will help delay the aging process as much as possible.
  4. Be patient and show love. Your dog still loves you as much as he always has. His inability to behave the way he used to may encourage you to neglect him.  Please don’t. He still needs mental and physical stimulation and lots of interaction with you.  If he struggles to get around, get some puzzles or play indoor games.  The last thing you want is for our senior dog to become depressed and believe me, he will if you neglect his basic needs. Most importantly, be kind when he makes mistakes.  If he gets a little cranky in his old age or has accidents in the house, I can assure you that he is not being spiteful.  He will struggle at times and so it is now up to you to repay him for his many years of love, loyalty and companionship by showing grace and patience. 

Senior dogs make great pets! If you’re considering bringing a new furry family member home, or know someone who is, consider the benefits of a senior dog.

 The HUGE benefits of adopting a senior 

  1. Senior pets haven been around the block awhile. More likely than not, they’ve spent time in a home where basic commands and potty etiquette was taught.  By adopting a senior, you’ll have less training and socialization to work on.  They’re also less destructive because they have learned their manners earlier in life so your favorite rug or shoes probably won’t get chewed on!
  2. Senior pets are still trainable. Contrary to popular belief, you can teach an old dog new tricks. Older dogs tend to be more focused and have a stronger attention span.  They are very eager to please and still crave that interaction they receive during the training process. 
  3. Temperament has been established. By the time a dog reaches senior status, it’s more apparent whether or not he gets along with kids, other dogs, men, or women. Behaviors and idiosyncrasies are apparent and there are usually not any surprises. Essentially, you get to choose more behaviors along with the dog you want whereas when you get a puppy, you really don’t know what you are going to get.
  4. They make great companions for seniors citizens. If you’re a senior then you’ll probably appreciate the calm demeanor and low energy of a senior dog.  Many senior citizens suffer from loneliness or depression so a dog can also bring such joy and companionship.  A dog can literally add years to any person’s life. Also, a senior pet has a shorter life span at this stage in life and you won’t have to worry about outliving your dog, which is a common worry of many pet owners.

The love, loyalty and lifetime memories that a senior pet brings more than outweighs any potential burdens or responsibilities that the sunset of their life may bring.  They will teach the most about love, even during the trying times.  Their love will never wavier and neither should yours.

 

 

8 Tips to Naming your Pet Plus The Top Pet Names of 2017

 

8 Tips to Naming your Pet PLUS the Most Popular Pet Names of 2017

 

Whether you own a pet right now or have owned one in the past, you probably know the angst that sometimes goes along with naming your pet.  After all, your pet will be stuck with it the rest of his life and well, you’ll be stuck with it, too. 

 

Follow these tips to find the best name for your dog.

 

  1. Go with what’s popular. If you just can’t decide, take a look at what other people are naming their dogs. You’ll be sure to find something cute and catchy that will fit your pet! There are many surveys done on this very topic, believe it or not.  Take a look at this study that revealed the most popular names of 2017.  In the arena of public opinion the top names for pets were: Bella, Poppy, Alfie and Charlie.
  2. Stick with something short. Experts say that dogs will learn their name faster if you keep in short and they’re also more likely to listen when called.
  3. Go with the obvious. Consider the features that stand out on your dog and then go with it. Whiskers, Boots, Fluffy, and Midnight are all examples of names that can be tied to your pet’s physical characteristics. 
  4. Think long term. Sometimes people pick names based on how their pet looks, acts or behaves as a puppy or kitten.  Sometimes those names don’t seem to fit too well once the pet is all grown up.  Think ahead before you pick a name you’ll be stuck with forever!
  5. Make it sweet! Oreo, Brownie, Kit Kat and Goober are all sweet names, literally! Your dog will always be simply irresistible with names like these.
  6. Consult with fine cinema or cartoons. Think about your favorite movies or cartoons with memorable characters. Love Disney? How about Jasmine, Daisy, and Figaro? Or maybe you’re a fan of the Peanuts gang and you could go with Snoopy.  Not a cartoon fan, think about famous dogs of film such as Star, Lassie, Rin Tin Tin or Toto.  These are all names that at the very least will get your wheels spinning.
  7. Reread classic (or trashy) literature. Finn, Sawyer, Rhett, Portia, and Jekyll are just a few examples of tried and true names in some of the greatest classics of all time.
  8. Go global. Are you a world traveler or have you read about some amazing places that you’d like to visit? Why not name your pet after the destination of your dreams? Sydney, Kona, Avalon, Dakota, Phoenix, Charlotte, Alexandria are a few fine examples of state side and global names that could be pawsitively adorable.

 

No matter what you choose, try to go with something that YOU really like because at the end of the day, your pet won’t mind what you call him as long as you call his name with love and affection.  So, what’ll it be?

 

What do I do if my dog gets lost?

 

What Do I Do If My Dog Gets Lost?

 

Have you ever stopped to consider what you would do if your dog was to become lost? I know it’s not the most pleasant of thoughts and you might even be thinking to yourself “No way, that will never happen to MY dog”.  Well, like the old saying goes “Never say never”! It is always best to put together a plan just in case because if the unthinkable happens you just might be way too stressed to effectively jump into action.

 

  1. Canvas the neighborhood.

Grab the most recent photo of your pet and zip through your neighborhood. It’s also a good idea to carry some treats or your dog’s favorite toy.  As you are walking around, ask friends and neighbors to keep their eyes out for your dog and show any new friends you meet along the way your dog’s photo.  Call your dog’s name as you are walking and you’re your eyes peeled!

 

  1. Plaster flyers all throughout your neighborhood.

Putting up flyers is a very important step.  A lost dog can cover a lot of ground in a very short period of time so it’s best to put up the flyers in all areas within at least a one mile radius.

 

  1. Reach out to all local animal shelters.

Often times, a dog will be picked up by a well-intentioned community member or the local authorities.  This may result in your poor pup ending up at the shelter.  Call the shelters and make them aware that your dog is missing.  Leave them with a description of your dog and whenever possible email them or fax them a photograph.  You should also make them aware of any distinct markings on your dog as well as any other details that will help them identify your dog. Keep track of who you call and follow up with them.  Shelters are often overcrowded and understaffed so stay on top of it especially if there are any kill shelters in your area.

 

  1. Call the veterinary clinic, too.

Just as you called the animal shelter, reach out to all veterinary hospitals in your area as well.  Often times, if a Good Samaritan picks up your dog, they may stop at the vet to have your dog scanned for micro chipping.  It’s also a good idea to leave your phone number as well as a photo of your pet with the vet in case someone happens to bring your dog into the office after you leave.

 

  1. Spread the word via social media.

Now more than ever, lost dogs are finding their way back home due to the power of social media.  Facebook and Craigslist are two powerful ways to spread the word that your dog is missing.  Many neighborhoods and towns have multiple pages that are specifically set up to help reunite lost pets with their pet parents.  Encourage your friends and family to do the same.  The more exposure your pet gets, the more likely it is that you will be reunited, especially if your dog is without proper identification.

 

While it is always your hope that you will never be in the situation of searching for your lost dog, it is always advisable to put a proper plan in place.  Doing so will prepare you and your family members to jump into action.  In the meantime, be sure your pet is licensed, and has an up to date identification tag and microchip.  Go on, what are you waiting for?

 

Lost Dog Poster

Lost Dog Poster