I can’t tell you how many times I’ve come across a pet running along or in a road lost & scared; and sometimes sadly, injured too!
PET EMERGENCIES (sheets below) – I keep copies of these in my cars, in my kitchen and in my bathroom upstairs. When you’re panicked about your pet, it keeps you focused on the process of helping them until you call or get to a vet. Or, to help an animal you find.
Pass it forward! Please send this link to as many people as you can too. It could save their pet’s life or any pet they find too!
I also have a 1st aid App on my phone just in case I need it – Go to your Play or Apple store and find “Pet First Aid – American Red Cross”.
In additional to the 1st aid instructions, it’s a good idea to keep canned pet food in each of your cars (paying attention to when it expires to replace it) + at least 2 leashes in each car (how many times have you seen two dogs running together lost). These have all come in handy when I’ve found loose or injured pets.
It’s better to buy the little short cans of dog food with a self opening tops, so the dog can eat from it easily & no can opener is needed. Tall cans of food are too hard for them to get their face into it to eat. And, stew type food is best (if it’s hard canned food, you have to dig it out for them to eat).
When you leash the lost pet, don’t just clip it to their neck collar. They can easily get loose again if their collar isn’t on tight and pull away. Instead, use the leash handle to loop it into a cinch collar (like the temporary leashes you get from the vets). If they pull on it, it gets tighter and they can’t pull out so you calm them down without them getting away and running into a street.
If the pet doesn’t have a collar tag with contact information, vets & shelters have scanners to check for microchips (some pet stores do too). Take a photo of the pet. Social media, especially Nextdoor since it’s neighborhood specific, can help find the pet’s people too. Post where you found them, the pet’s photo and your contact information.
Hope if you’re faced with helping catch a lost pet, this has helped. 🙂
Click here to print the 2 PET EMERGENCIES pages: