As we all know, pets have a mind of their own and can go roaming. Here are
some tips for finding your lost pet and reducing the chance of them becoming lost to begin with.Keep cats inside for at least 3 weeks after moving house - When you move your cat will be unsettled by
his new home and will not know the outside area. Keeping him in will help ensure that when you do let him out into his
wider territory he knows that your new house is a safe place to return to.
lost pet: Ring all local vets and give them as many details as possible Post flyers through doors Put
up an advertisement in local shops Put pictures and details on Facebook and encourage people to share them Place
a notice in the local papers You can even phone the local radio station (BBC Hereford and Worcester) who will
put out an advertisement
Preventing your pet from getting lost: Micro-chipping - A micro-chip
the size of a grain of rice can be implanted using a quick injection underneath the skin. If you pet is lost and
brought to a vet or rescue centre they will be scanned to see if they have a micro-chip and, if they do, the centre will contact
you to let you know where your pet can be recovered. The chips usually last a lifetime and at McGettigan's they
cost just £10Close gates and secure holes in the garden perimetre - This sounds obvious, but small gaps
in hedges and fences are easily overlooking and animals can get through some surprisingly small spaces. Don't
let your dog off the lead unless you trust him to come back when called - A loose and unresponsive dog is not only at risk
of being lost but also of getting seriously injured by other dogs, vehicles, etc.