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Why Pets Get Lost During the Holidays

The holiday season is always a joyous occasion, but the loss of a pet may convert joy into sorrow. Be aware of the most prevalent reasons why pets go missing between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day to avoid this happening in your family.

1. Strangers at the door
There are more people coming to your house now than at other times of the year, whether it's for deliveries or pals your pet hasn't met yet. Because some people won't realize there's a cat or dog inside, your pet may take advantage of the opportunity to explore. Post a large notice on the door urging people not to let your pet out to prevent this from happening.

2.There is no collar.
Does your cat despise wearing a collar, or does your dog require a bath before visitors arrive? Make sure that their collar is always on, and that it has a good fit. Apply the "two finger" rule: once the dog's collar is fastened, you should be able to slide two fingers beneath it easily. The collar should feel snug but not tight when you slide your two fingers between the collar and the neck.

3. Humans that are easily distracted.

Maybe you're at home cooking or wrapping Christmas gifts... or your pet sitter isn't paying attention to your furry friend. An opportunistic dog or curious cat can be gone in a flash by using a human's temporary attention and an open window or door.

4. Theft
If you leave your dog chained while going to the store, she might not be there when you return. A desperate person may steal your pet with the goal of selling, ransoming, or giving him to a stranger as a Christmas present.

5. Temptation
A dog's nose is 50 times more sensitive than a human's, so scents of chestnut stuffing... deep-fried turkey... honey-glazed ham... and warm pumpkin pie from another kitchen might easily tempt it away.

6. Unfamiliar Locations
Traveling with a pet exposes him to unfamiliar environments where he may become disoriented. If he strays, he won't be able to find his way back. Smaller pets should be kept in a carrier, and larger pets should be firmly leashed.

What can you do to avoid losing your dog?

Fortunately, there are a few basic steps you can do to keep your dog from becoming separated from you:

1. Never leave your dog alone with strangers.
Even in a throng, a scared dog can remove its collar and run away, although the majority of lost pets are unsupervised when they go missing. When you're out and about, keep an eye on your pet to lessen the chances of it getting lost.

2. When it comes to thunderstorms or fireworks displays, take measures.
If your pet is afraid of loud or unexpected noises, such as fireworks, make sure it has a safe spot to wait out the event. Recognize your pet's signals of nervousness and use relaxing tactics or products to help them feel better.

3. Assemble an enclosure that is impenetrable for escape.

If your dog is used to spending a lot of time outside, make sure their enclosure is secure. This means you will need to check all the nuts, bolts, locks and catches. Ground supports should be strong enough to prevent digging dogs from tunneling beneath them, and fences should be high enough to prevent your animal from climbing them.

4. Your pet should be collared and ID-tagged.
All pets should be wearing a collar with their owners' latest contact information, AT ALL TIMES. We know pet owners get a little lax around this, but this will save you a lot of heartache if the unfortunate really does happen. This little precaution can make it easier for a Good Samaritan to find you and reunite you with your pet.

5. Your dog should be microchipped.
Microchipping your pet is one of the most effective preventative actions you can take. Your pet's chances of being identified at a local clinic or shelter are considerably increased by microchipping.

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