Over recent months, there has been an alarming increase in the number of reported pet thefts in the Glasgow area. While we would advise you not to panic, it is always good to remain cautious when out and about with your pet. Here are some additional safety measures you could consider for peace of mind:
Microchipping & Identity Tracking
By law, all dogs over 8 weeks old in the UK must be microchipped. In addition to dogs, we strongly recommend that all cat owners ensure their cat is microchipped from a young age also. Your pet’s microchip stores your personal details so that if your pet is handed to the police, a rescue centre or a vet practice, we can trace them back to you as the original owner. This is an incredibly effective way of reuniting lost or stolen animals with their owners.
To check that your pet’s microchip details are up to date, you can log onto one of the online databases (we use Petlog) and check or update your registered details. If you would like to check your pet’s microchip number, this should be recorded on various documents (breeder papers, vaccination records etc.) or you can arrange to bring your pet by the practice for one of our vet nurses to scan the microchip.
Additionally, whilst out in public, all dogs must wear a collar and tag with their owner’s name and contact details attached. If placing collars and tags on cats, please ensure they are quick release to prevent injury.
When out and about with your dog, it is advisable to keep them on a lead at all times unless you are sure that they will always come back when called. There are lots of online training articles and videos to help you work on recall with your dog in the meantime.
Additionally, there are a number of enclosed free run dog fields in and around Glasgow that you could check out with your pet.
When off lead, ensure that dogs remain within your sight at all times – this will also help protect wildlife, children and other, nervous animals who are on leads.
Never leave your dog unattended outside a shop or in a car.
Home and Garden Security
Ensure that your front door is always locked when you leave your pet at home – if you hide a key, opt to be more creative with your hiding places, or consider installing a lock-box.
Double-check that your garden is secure and your fence is locked when your pet is outside. If your garden leads directly on to the street, make sure to keep an eye on your pet whilst they are in the garden.
If you have guinea pigs or rabbits in outdoor enclosures, ensure that these are secure at all times. Additionally, consider bringing your small furries inside overnight.
Report Suspicious Activity
If you notice any suspicious activity in your local park or neighbourhood, take note and report it to the police or local neighbourhood watch service.