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Keep Your Pets Safe with an ID Tag and a Microchip!

April 17, 2014
Gaijin wearing a "If I am out, I am lost" tag. (Daniela Caride photo)

Gaijin wearing a “If I am out, I am lost” tag. (Daniela Caride photo)

This week is National Pet ID Week! And that is a great opportunity to tell you that nearly 1 out of every 3 pets will get lost at some point during their lifetime, according to FoundAnimals.org. The website says that without proper identification, 90% of lost pets never return home.

Make sure your cat and dog are microchipped and have ID tags on them. If they get lost, whoever finds them will be able to return them to you.

Your pet is not microchipped yet? Bring your pet to the vet to get the microchip inserted. After it’s in, you need to activate the chip by filling out a form with your contact info and mailing it to the microchip company. This way, your information will be linked to your animal. Don’t forget to call the microchip company to update your information every time you move or change your phone number!

Read interesting questions and answers about microchipping here.

Regarding tags, you can engrave a tag at practically  any pet store of your choice. Add the phone number where you are most available, or consider adding two phone numbers if you can’t be reached at one number all the time. Some people say it’s safer not to engrave your pet’s name, in case your animal gets stolen. (The kidnapper wouldn’t be able to claim your pet by name.)

The safest way to approach safety for your pets is to have both an ID tag and a microchip on them. If your dog, for example, loses his tag, the shelter that finds him will most likely be able to scan the chip. Having a tag on your pet’s collar is important because there are several microchip brands on the market, and shelters may not have all scanners. (Silly, right? It would be one scanner for all chips. But it’s not.) If the shelter is unable to read your pet’s microchip, with a tag on, you will definitely have a bigger chance to being reunited with your beloved companion.

With these simple steps, you will be able to enjoy the company of your pet without worrying as much, in case an emergency happens. Cal your vet today and go shopping for a cute tag!

– By Mahoney-Jean Coppinger

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