Safe and sound

Wor­ried about your pet go­ing miss­ing or be­ing stolen from your yard? Here are a few tips to keep your fur ba­bies safe.

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MI­CROCHIP YOUR PETS.

This op­tion is per­ma­nent and has many ben­e­fits: mi­crochipped pets are re­united with their own­ers faster than any pup with­out iden­ti­fi­ca­tion. Plus, it makes it harder for thieves to suc­cess­fully re­sell your pet, as many of the pets that are sold on the side of the road, once re­moved from the sell­ers, are checked for a mi­crochip at the vet. You will also re­ceive a mi­crochip tag for their col­lar, which can be scanned for your in­for­ma­tion. (Re­mem­ber to al­ways keep your pet’s in­for­ma­tion up­dated if you move or change phone num­bers!)

IT IS BEST TO NOT LET YOUR DOG BE VIS­I­BLE FROM THE ROAD.

If you have pal­isade or wooden fenc­ing, the best way to pro­tect your dog is to pur­chase black mesh, dou­ble it over and ca­ble-tie it to your gate.

USE A LEASH.

This de­pends on the dog, ob­vi­ously, but if your dog doesn’t al­ways re­spond when you call, keep them on a leash when you go for a walk – es­pe­cially if you’re go­ing some­where where they can eas­ily run off and get lost: on hikes in forests or moun­tains, or dur­ing a trip to the beach.

SE­CURE YOUR YARD.

Be­fore leav­ing home, dou­ble-check that your dog is still on your prop­erty and that they have not slipped out while you were lock­ing up. If they are in a fenced area by day, it’s also a good idea to do a weekly perime­ter check to make sure that there are no gaps in your fence or be­low your walls.

HAVE YOUR PET STER­ILISED.

Pets that are un­ster­ilised are more ap­peal­ing to thieves be­cause they can be used to breed.

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