Protect Your Pet From Getting Lost
ID YOUR PET
Working with the Humane Society here in my area I hear everyday about dog & cats that have been lost. Often owners never find their beloved pets due to a lack of information accompanying the animal. I believe it is crucial to provide some form of ID for our pets in an effort to ensure their safe return if they are ever lost. Below I have listed a variety of options available to pet owners today.
Basic ID Tag
Tags are one of the easiest and cheapest methods of identification for your dog. If a
dog is found wearing an ID tag , the owner can be contacted directly and quickly, often avoiding a trip to the shelter. Be sure to include your name, address, and phone number on the tag. Also consider adding your cell phone number as an added measure of being reached if you are out of the house when your dog is found. If you travel or move, be sure to update the information or use temporary tags; current information is key to your pets safe return.
There is a downside to using just the basic ID tag however, these tags can come off or be removed by someone with bad intentions. Therefore it is important to consider alternate forms of pet ID.
To purchase a Basic ID Tag check with your
local pet store or veterinarian.
Tattooing is a very reasonable and safe form of pet ID, because the needle does not reach the nerve endings of the dog's skin, the tattooing procedure is not painful and takes only two to three minutes. The cost for pet tattooing on average, runs about $10; often with discounts for multiple pets. Select a unique number and register your contact information with a tattoo registry, such as National Dog Registry. It is not advisable to tattoo your phone number or address, since
that information could change. Also by using
a registry, you can easily update your information. For me an added benefit is that it is against the law for research facilities to use a tattooed animal in experimentation. This helps to protect your dog from possible theft for use in a lab. One of the downsides to using tattooing is that it is possible for someone to alter or remove a tattoo. To prevent this, do not place the tattoo on the lip or ear, because ears can be cut off and lips can be clipped. Instead, have the
tattoo applied to the inner leg or stomach.
Contact your veterinarian or go
through a dog club, your local animal control agency or other a rescue organization in your area.
Microchips are inserted under the skin between the shoulder blades with a large needle and can then be read with the proper scanner; one downside to this is that in order
to be detected, a compatible scanner must be used. Before implanting a chip, contact your local shelter or animal control agency to ensure they can read the type of chip you will implant. Overall this procedure is safe and relatively inexpensive, running between $20 and $60 in most areas. Unlike tattoos, it is difficult to remove or alter a microchip.
Microchips must be registered with your current contact information, and this registration should be updated if you move.
If you have already implanted an incompatible chip, contact the chip manufacturer and ask them to provide a scanner to your local shelters and animal control agency so that should your pet be lost it can be returned to you. To have your dog microchipped contact
your veterinarian or animal shelter.
A license is required in most cities and counties for your pet.
Your dog should always wear the license tag along with an ID tag. If your dog is picked up by an animal control officer, they can contact you directly, skipping a trip to the shelter. If your dog does end up at a shelter, the staff will know how to contact you. Also, many shelters will extend the time they will hold onto your dog, waiting for you to pick him up, as well as provide emergency medical treatment if required.
Contact your local animal control agency for information on their license requirements.
A new service now being offered by FINDMYANIMAL.COM will register your pet (dog/cat/horse) for a minimal fee then if your animal is ever lost they will alert all local shelters, humane societies, and animal welfare organizations in your area with your lost pets information and photo. Click the link below to register your pet now. This is a great service which I use for my own dogs.
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