AIMSS_iStock_000086005905_LargeFor pet owners, the thought of our beloved dog or cat becoming lost is truly frightening. The only thing worse would be the possibility that you and your furry friend would never be reunited again.

Providing your pet with the proper pet identification in the form of a collar with up-to-date ID tags as well as a registered microchip is your best insurance against being separated from your best pal for good. Here’s how taking these important steps can help…

Collar And Tags: Pet Essentials

All cats and dogs should wear properly fitting collars with ID tags, rabies vaccination tags, and licenses. The ID tag should include not only your pet’s name, but also your name, address, and phone numbers. The following tips will help you make the best use of your pet’s collar and tags:

  • Pets should wear a properly-fitting collar with ID tags at all times. Because accidents do happen, and pets can slip out of open doors or windows, even indoor-only pets should be wearing a collar and tags.
  • Purchase a “safety collar” for cats, which are designed to break away easily should your cat get it caught on something.
  • If you are traveling without your pet, get him or her a temporary tag with the contact information of someone who knows how to reach you, or who can pick up your pet and take care of him or her in an emergency.
  • Don’t forget to update the information on the ID tag every time you move or change your phone number.

The Benefits Of Microchipping

To say that microchips are helpful would be an understatement. In a survey of over 7,700 strays at animal shelters, it was found that dogs without microchips were returned to their owners 21.9% of the time, and dogs with microchips were returned 52.2% of the time. The statistics are even more sobering for our feline friends; only 1.8% of cats without microchips were reunited with their owners, whereas microchipped cats were returned 38.5% of the time.

A microchip implant is a tiny computer chip, encased in glass that is injected under your pet’s skin via needle. In the event that your pet is turned into a shelter or veterinary clinic, a worker will immediately scan for a microchip, and you will be contacted right away.

A microchip is only as good as the information it carries, so it’s essential that you register the microchip with the database right away. Don’t forget to update your contact information every time you move or change your phone number.

Proper Pet Identification Makes A Difference

Outfitting your pet with the proper forms of identification is an important aspect of responsible pet ownership, and may mean the difference between life and death for your four-legged friend. If you have any questions or concerns about collars, ID tags or microchips, don’t hesitate to contact us.