Keeping Fido From Getting Lost

June 10th is Missing Mutts Awareness Day. This isn’t one of our happier topics, but it is a very important one. As many as one in three dogs will go missing at some point in their lives. We certainly hope that all of our canine patients stay safe and sound at home! In this article, a Tampa, FL veterinarian offers some advice on keeping your pooch from getting lost.

Get Fido Fixed

Dogs that are still intact are at higher risk than those who have been fixed, simply because they’re subject to those hormonal impulses that teach them to go looking for love. Getting your canine pal spayed or neutered will also help with behavioral issues, as pups tend to be much calmer and better behaved after being fixed. Ask your vet for more information.


You don’t have to teach your furry best friend to bring you a cold drink or turn out the lights, but he absolutely should know basic obedience commands, such as Sit, Stay, and Come. This can make all the difference in the world if your pooch gets startled or spots a squirrel while you’re walking him and jerks the leash out of your hand!

Safety Protocols

Speaking of leashes, they’re also crucial. Don’t let Fido run around off-leash except in fenced areas. Even if he is well-trained, it’s best to err on the side of caution here. Plus, leashes are generally required by law in public areas.


Does your Fido have a yard to chase squirrels around in? Make sure you have a sturdy fence and a good, self-latching gate. If your fenced area goes directly up to the sidewalk, it should be tall enough so that people can’t reach over to snatch your pup. Unfortunately, dogs sometimes get stolen that way.

GPS Tags

Fido should be microchipped and wearing proper ID tags. These won’t keep him from getting lost, but greatly increase the chances of him being returned to you if he is. GPS tags are a bit different, though, as they allow you to pinpoint your pup’s location. Look at different products before buying one though, as these products vary quite a bit as far as things like range, battery life, subscriptions, and connectivity options.

Do you have questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care? Contact us, your Tampa, FL pet hospital, today! 

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