Recent news events have shed light on one of the most terrible things that can happen to a pet owner–pet theft. If you have never experienced it, you might be surprised to know that around 2 million pets are stolen each year. These tips will help keep you and your pet safe from the nightmare of pet theft.
Don’t Leave Your Pet Alone in a Public Place
Leaving pets unattended in a public location that isn’t secure is the leading cause of pet theft. While it might only take you a few minutes to run into the store, it can only take seconds for someone to take a pet that is tied up alone outside. Many stores will allow you to bring your pet in if needed, or you can wait and run that errand when your pet is safe at home. You could also bring someone along to wait with your pet when you go out.
Remember the Dangers of Locked Cars
Locking your pet in the car while you run errands is dangerous for a number of reasons. Summer heat can be deadly, and it can leave your pet vulnerable to theft. Like tying him up outside, it’s best to not leave your pet unattended outside your home.
Keep Your Pet on a Leash
Another common way for pets to disappear is when walking without a leash. A pet that runs ahead or around a bend out of sight is vulnerable to being stolen. Again, it only takes a few moments for the unthinkable to happen.
Get a Home Security System
Home security systems are more affordable and effective than ever. You can place cameras in your home and at your doors that connect to your smartphone. That way, you can keep tabs on your home and pets when you are away.
Know Your Pet Sitters and Care Providers
Make sure you know who is taking care of your pets. If you use a dog walker or pet sitter, make sure it is someone you know well. If you start going to a new veterinarian, make sure you do your research before deciding on a provider.
Get Your Pet a Chip
Your vet can implant a GPS tracking chip in your pet. It is an excellent way to keep track of your pet and locate her if she goes missing. Ask your veterinarian for more information.
Protect Yourself and Your Pet on Walks
You can also carry a deterrent when you go out on walks. There are a number of options, from whistles to pepper spray. You hope you’ll never need it, but it could save you and your pet.