Pet Security

Pets are much loved members of the family, and their safety and security is just as important as ours. The Kennel Club reported in 2014[1] there were more than 70,000 pets missing in the UK, with this worrying statistic in mind we have collated a few tips to help keep your pets safe and secure.

Pet Microchips and collars

Dogs are required by law to wear collars in public, displaying clearly their owners name and address [2], in order to help recover them when he or she is lost or stolen. From April 2016 it became compulsory for owners to microchip their dogs and all details be kept up to date [3]. Microchips are often considered a more reliable form of identification, as unlike a collar, the implanted microchip cannot be easily removed. Cats are not required by law to wear a collar or be microchipped; however for their safety and security it is advisable that they also have a form of identification.

It is also advised that pet owners should take photos of their pets regularly, and write down a clear description taking note of any distinguishing marks in case a pet ever goes missing.

Pet Insurance

The safety and security of pets is priceless, however it is important to remember that pets are a huge financial investment, with owners having to pay costly veterinary bills for the treatment of illness and injury.  Pet insurance provides a safety net to help safeguard you from any emergency costs related to your pets, including cover for theft or loss.

Walking the dog

When taking a dog for a walk they are safest when on a leash, however most dogs needs to be let off the lead when it is safe to do so, in order to run around and explore. Owners are advised to train their dogs to stay within view when off the lead and to respond to their owners call when summoned.

Often people will leave their dog tied up outside a shop or premises where they are not allowed inside, but this can be very dangerous and be used a great opportunity for a thief. It is best to avoid leaving your pet outside on its own or with strangers, as they are most vulnerable when they are not with their owners.

Cat flaps

Cats often come in and out of a home without their owner’s knowledge, putting them at risk of theft. It is advisable a cat is trained to come indoors when summoned by a certain sound or at a specific time. It is recommended owners keep their cats indoors throughout the night in order to safeguard them from foxes, drivers and various other dangers.

For security purposes, a cat flap should only be fitted on the side of the door away from the handle[4], or fitted to the wall instead of a door, this helps prevent burglars and intruders using the cat flap to put their hand through and reach the lock or key

Missing pet?

In the unfortunate event of losing a pet, the search should be initiated by informing all local veterinary practices, animal welfare organisations and your local animal warden service. The next step would be circulating flyers displaying a photo of your pet and highlighting any distinguishable features.

Remember to inform all agencies if you find your pet, and remove all flyers and lost pet notices. The lost and found system is extremely busy and overflowing with details that other owners have a huge difficulty being reunited with their pets.

If you are at all concerned with the safety of your pet there are various organisations out there that can help and provide advice, some of these are linked below. You can also contact your pet’s registered veterinary practice as they are experts and always more than happy to help.

Pet Cameras

Your pets may be safe while you are watching over them but what happens when you leave the house? For those who are constantly on the move, whether you are working full time or doing the school run, it can be impossible to be at home all day. However, many will feel sceptical leaving their pets home alone. Installing a smart home security device, including a camera, can allow owners to keep an eye on their pets remotely. There are other smart security devices on the market that don’t just include cameras to keep your pets safe, like a monitored smoke detector. Having a device like this could save the lives of your pets in the event of a fire.

Pet cameras have come a long way in the past couple of years. Advancements including 2 way microphones and treat dispensers mean it’s never been easier to keep an eye and interact with your pet when you’re not at the house. We are going to run down the best pet cameras on the market and help you find one that suitable for your home and budget!

 

Furbo- £199.00 from Amazon

 

  • Treat dispenser
  • Two-way speaker
  • Motion detection
  • Night vision
  • Bark alert

The Furbo is a solid choice for a dog owner, because it is specifically design for dogs. There is a treat dispenser, which you can control from your phone, which is great if your dog is getting a little distressed when you’re not home. Another feature is the 2 way speaker, meaning if your dog does become very distressed while you’re out, then you can try and sooth them. You can also use the night vision to check on your dog throughout the night. What sets the Furbo apart from the others is the ‘bark sensor’ you will get a notification if your puppy is barking, meaning you know when you need to use the treat dispenser or the 2 way speaker.

The design of Furbo is also a plus; its sleek and stylish, meaning it’s not obtrusive in your home. The picture quality is great, meaning you can post any footage you like on social media. Plus 2 people can use the app, so you and your partner can both keep an eye!

 

Pawbo+- £99 from Amazon

 

  • Treat dispenser
  • 2 way speaker
  • Motion detection
  • Laser game

 

Pawbo is aimed at both cat and dog owners. It includes a fun laser game so you can keep your cat entertained remotely. Pawbo also has a treat dispenser and a 2 way speaker so you can sooth your pet while you’re away. The picture quality isn’t quite as good as the Furbo, however 8 people can use the app at once and talk to your pet throughout the day.

The Pawbo has a range of ringtones you can play, including birds chirping, cats meowing, a rat squeaking or a plastic bag rustling and the laser game aimed at cat. However animal behaviourists have said that this may confuse your pet, so it’s worth being mindful when using this feature.

Petcube Bites- £189.60 from Amazon

 

  • Treat dispenser
  • 2 way speaker
  • Motion detection
  • Night vision
  • Can stream directly to Facebook Live

This camera is a bit chunkier than the others and comes with a high capacity treat holder, so if you have more than one pet, you won’t run out of treats fast. Whenever sound or movement is detected the Petcube will make short videos and with the app you can see up to 4 hours of clips. This is the only camera to offer a treat giving schedule, meaning you don’t have to take time out of your work day to do it. You can also vary the distance the Petcube throws the treat, from nearby, to 6 foot!

Vimtag 720p HD- £49.99 from Amazon

 

  • 2 way speaker
  • Motion detector
  • Night vision
  • 4x zoom

With the Vimtag you can pan and tilt the camera so you can see all around the room, which is useful if you’re pet likes to wander around. You can be sent motion detected notifications, so you know when you pet is moving around, rather than watching them sleep for hours on end. You can also chat with your pet through the 2 way camera an see them in the dark with the night vision feature. It doesn’t have a treat dispenser, but is a good little camera if you just want to keep an eye on your pet.

 

CleverDog- £30 from Amazon

 

  • 2 way speaker
  • Motion detection
  • Night vision
  • Sends picture to your phone when motion is detected

If you’re looking for a pet camera that value for money, then look no further than the CleverDog. You can communicate with your pet through the 2 way speaker and see them in the dark with night vision. The camera is pretty good and you can take pictures of your pet while you’re away from home. Like the others it alerts you to any noise or movement, with notifications to your phone. If you can live without a treat dispenser then, this is a great little camera that perfect for checking in on your pet.

 

If you are at all concerned with the safety of your pet there are various organisations out there that can help and provide advice, some of these are linked below. You can also contact your pet’s registered veterinary practice as they are experts and always more than happy to help.

 

For more tips on how to keep your home secure in order to keep your loved ones and pets’ safe, head over to security tips page https://www.keytek.co.uk/security-tips/

 

Useful links:

RSPCA- https://www.rspca.org.uk/home

Kennel Club- http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/

Dogs Trust- https://www.dogstrust.org.uk/

Cats Protection- http://www.cats.org.uk/

Sources-

[1] http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/press-releases/2014/june/more-than-70,000-pets-missing-in-the-uk-the-equivalent-of-ten-times-the-population-of-the-city-of-london

[2] http://blog.petplan.co.uk/07/2013/advice/does-my-dog-need-to-wear-a-collar/

[3]https://www.gov.uk/government/news/compulsory-dog-microchipping-comes-into-effect

[4] http://www.vetstream.co.uk/hook/html/pdf/Factsheets/Cat/24_282809.pdf

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