New technology, new pet safety measures. With the rise of technology and social media, the ways of keeping pets safe have changed.
As a kid growing up, I remember seeing many, many flyers for lost pets. Now, I see lots and lots of pictures on Facebook of lost animals. With the rise of new technology and social media, the way of looking for lost pets has changed, as have the ways of keeping your pet safe. So what should you do to keep your pet safe, and what happens if your pet gets lost?
The biggest trend in technology in regards to pets is microchips. Microchips are an implanted form of identification that are the size of a grain of rice. The chip is implanted into your pet just beneath the skin, in between its shoulder blades. It is equipped with an individual scanning number, which is listed with your contact information. This information is available in a nation-wide database that can be accessed by veterinarians and animal shelters. This means that if your pet gets lost, the chances of it being returned to you are significantly increased if your pet has a microchip. If you are interested, you should get more information from your veterinarian.
However, what if your animal does get lost? If it were me, I would upload a photo to social media sites, such as Facebook or Instagram, and let people in your community know that the animal is lost. Then, I would call the animal shelters and veterinarians in your area so they can be on the lookout if your pet comes in.
But don’t forget the tried and true method of finding a lost pet: those flyers. Post them as soon as you can wherever you think your pet has wandered. With any luck, you’ll get calls about sightings, or maybe even a call with your animal barking in the background! While technology is trying to improve pet safety, it should be just one of several ways you search for your lost animal.
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