If your dog is a puppy, chances are he or she is in trouble.
The National Dog Rescue League of America (NDDL) reports there are about 1,200 dogs that are on the loose across the United States.
According to the group, many of these dogs were abandoned when their owners were forced to leave.
The NDDL also reports there is an average of 3,000 to 5,000 dogs per year that are lost in the United State.
There are also thousands of dogs in shelters across the country.
“There are so many dogs that have no idea where they’re at and it’s a very emotional time for all of us,” said Dr. Jennifer Reitz, director of the NDDL’s puppy rescue program.
“It’s just one of those things where you really need to call your veterinarian, your local animal shelter, and make sure that your pup is in good health, that they’re not in a situation where they are in distress, and you’re not putting your safety and your child’s safety at risk.”
If you suspect a dog is in need of a medical attention, there are resources available.
The NDDL recommends that all owners of dogs and cats be prepared to take the dog to a vet within 72 hours.
If you don’t have a veterinarian to call, your best bet is to call the shelter where your dog was found.
“Call the shelter immediately.
Make sure they’re able to take your dog to an emergency vet within 48 hours,” Reitz said.