What to do when you lose your pet

It is a heartbreaking experience to lose a pet. Losing a pet happens easily and most people go through this at least once in their lives. When losing a pet, don't give up – some pets have been known to return home after months.

To help you reunite with your pet, here are some tips on what to do when you are in this situation:

  • Make sure your pet is microchipped. If the pet is microchipped and it pops up at any animal organisation, you will be contacted. Also make sure your information linked to the microchip is up to date.
  • Tags around the neck with names and addresses are better than nothing, but they are not nearly as reliable.
  • Search your house. This may seem like the obvious thing to do, but there are so many places in which smaller pets can hide, such as under furniture, under beds, in cupboards, under duvets, in boxes, in kitchen cupboards, behind appliances, inside laundry baskets – the list is endless. And don't assume your pet wouldn't crawl into any specific space.
  • Search the garden. Look inside vehicles, inside the garage, and most importantly, on the roof and inside sheds. Many cats, if they are feeling ill, will try and hide themselves, and favourite places for doing this can include bins, drains, gutters, pipes, trees and the roofs of neighbours' sheds. Dogs, especially small ones, can also hide in the strangest places.
  • Listen carefully. Often, if pets are trapped somewhere, they will make a noise. 
  • Ask the neighbours. If an animal is not on your property, the best guess is that it's somewhere on a neighbour's property. Go and knock on their doors, but ask to take a look yourself in their gardens. Your pet will respond to your voice, but not necessarily to theirs. 
  • Spread the word. Tell everyone who comes to your area regularly that you are looking for your pet. This includes the postman, the garbage collectors, municipal workers in the area and schoolchildren who regularly pass your house.
  • Put up posters/hand out flyers. A clear photograph of your pet on a poster might just do the trick. Put this up at local shops or on a few lampposts.
  • Phone the vets. If your animal has been injured and found by someone who doesn't know who it belongs to, it is possible that someone may have taken it to the vet. Phone a few vets in the area to hear if someone has perhaps brought your pet in.
  • Check with animal organisations. Find out whether your pet may be at one of the animal organisations like the SPCA. It often happens that people find the animal and take it to one of these organisations if it cannot be identified.

Coping with a deaf animal

Identifying whether a pet is deaf or not can be very difficult.  It might be a common sign that some cats meow louder than nomal and some dogs bark louder, but this is not always the case.  Coping with a deaf animal is also not for everyone, but if you are a pet lover, we are sure you can manage.  

Please look at our article by clicking on the link below to read more about deaf pets.

My pet is not responding to me

Visiting the Vet with your cat or/and dog

When you come in to the practice with your pet for vaccinations or for any type of check up, even if it is just to weigh your pet, please make sure to have your dog on a lead and your cat in a travelling cat transporter. 

A lot of people have animals that are on their best behaviour and in normal circumstances would not need to be on a lead or in a pet transporter, but at the vet, the circumstances are usually out of your control.  There might be other animals that is not that well behaved and therefore it would just be easier to handle pets when you have them on leads or in a tranporter.

We would also not want the pets to be able to run out of the practice and get into the road.  

So please - make sure your pet is on a lead or in a pet transporter.


Healthy joints

The best way to ensure your dog's joints stay healthy can be done in a few steps.  The most important would be to;

  • Start with your dog when he or she is a puppy.  Make sure that from puppy age you feed your dog the correct diet and the best that you can.  Make sure to feed him or her according to the correct breed and life stage.  Diet plays a big role in the management of joints.
  • The second most important thing you can do to help your pet with joint health is to manage your pet's weight so that your pet isn't overweight.  Extra weight on your dog will definitely put more strain on the joints, therefore the joint will have to work harder to allow movement and may become painful.
  • That being said, exercise is a key factor, but do make sure that you do not exercise your puppy excessively, as this can hinder the growth process and may cause the joints to get injured.  With exercise, maintaining a balance is quite important.
  • When your pet is already showing signs of Arthritis and other joint problems, there are many joint supplements on the market for you to choose from that may help your pet.
  • Remember to take your dog to the vet for regular check-ups.  The vet would also be able to help in case your pet has any joint disease and he or she will know best on how to manage the situation which may be different from patient to patient.

For more information on Joints and Joint health, read our following articles;




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