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July is Pet Loss Prevention Month - Tips For A Great Summer

July is National Pet Loss Prevention Month, 31 days dedicated to raising awareness of one of the biggest problems facing pets and their owners. We created a quick video to help prepare you and your pet for a safe summer!
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July is National Pet Loss Prevention Month, 31 days dedicated to raising awareness of one of the biggest problems facing pets and their owners. We created a quick video to help prepare you and your pet for a safe summer!

According to the ASPCA, more than 7.6 million cats and dogs enter shelters every year - and many are lost family pets. In the U.S., 80 million households have at least one pet and 94% of these individuals consider their pet to be a member of the family (according to a recent survey done by Rover.com). We know that pet lovers everywhere want to do what they can for their furry family members, but 1 in 3 pets will get lost in their lifetime.

July is a particularly risky month for pets to become lost as more dogs are lost on the 4th of July than any other day of the year. Whether startled by fireworks or a thunderstorm or simply drawn by the scent of the neighbor's barbecue, even well-behaved pets have been known to wander off.

Plan for summertime risks and avoid long days and nights spent searching for lost pets by following these simple prevention tactics:

  • Make sure your pet is wearing a collar with an updated ID tag - a collar with an ID tag indicates that this dog is lost. The ID tag serves as the quickest way for anyone who finds your dog to contact you, but it also informs good samaritans of your pet's name, to make the experience less scary for your dog or cat.

  • Join a microchip registry - ensure that your pet has been microchipped and that the information associated with their chip is current. While microchips require someone to find your pet and scan for the chip's information, it's an important safeguard to help bring your lost pet back home.
  • Prevent loss with a reliable GPS tracker - to be alerted when your pet wanders off, look for a GPS tracker that lets you set a custom virtual perimeter, provides reliable coverage through a nationwide cellular network, and has a rechargeable battery to minimize the time the device is off of the collar.
  • Learn more about pet loss prevention at www.whistle.com/pet-loss-prevention.