Pet ID tags
Your Pet Gets a Drivers’ License, Use Pet ID Tags
For most pet owners, their pooch, kitty or other pet is a member
of the family. That being said, it’s obvious that losing your pet
can be one of the most upsetting times of your life.
pet owner survey performed by the Animal Hospital Association in
2003 showed that approximately 30% of all pet owners have lost their
pet at one time or another. Beyond taking measures not to lose your
pet in the first place, the next best step is to make sure that
your pet is wearing proper identification, so that if s/he does
go missing, it’ll be much easier to return him or her back home
of the easiest, most important, and most overlooked ways to protect
your pet in case he or she goes missing is proper identification;
most simply with ID tags.
most animal shelters, due to sheer volume, animals can be held for
as few as 36 hours before euthanasia. Knowing this, you can understand
how important it is to make your pet easily identifiable should
s/he be picked up and sent to one of these shelters. Time is of
the essence when your pet gets lost; however with a good ID tag,
s/he can be easily identified and returned to you.
well as a current rabies/vaccination tag, your pet should wear a
tag with your name, address, and telephone number. Find out at your
local animal control agency about any other specific rules you should
be following with regards to licensing.
you will be traveling with your pet, attach a temporary tag to his
or her collar with the address of the place in which you’ll be staying,
in case you are separated from him or her.
you change address, make sure that you take a moment for getting
new ID tags for your pet, as well as keeping your vet’s files up
attach your pet’s tag, it’s preferable to use the use the “O” shaped
clasp instead of the “S” type. The O clasps are less likely to come
off your pet’s collar. On that note, make sure to check every so
often to make sure that your pet’s ID tag is, indeed, still there.
course, your tag is only worth while if it’s attached to a collar
that will stay on. The collar your pet wears should be sturdy (leather
or nylon are very reliable) and should be snug, but not too tight.
To test the fit of your pet’s collar by making it tight enough that
you can comfortably fit two fingers through.
tags themselves should be large enough that they can hold all of
the information, and that they are legible, but not so large that
they are awkward for the pet. Make sure that they’re 100% waterproof,
as many pet tags don’t make it through even one rainy day. Test
them out before you rely on them.
the last 14 years, technology has brought us microchip pet ID tags.
These are very safe and effective. Their only down-side is that
they can only be read by veterinarians and agencies that have scanners
(which most of them do) but not by the average person who may locate
your run-away animal.
a “better safe than sorry” attitude, you may wish to both microchip
your pet, and have him or her wear an ID tag. Their true value will
show themselves the day you get the phone call saying that your
beloved pet has been found and is safe and sound.
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