15 to the 21st of April are days reserved for the education of all pet owners about the importance of providing a suitable ID for their pets. Losing a pet is a nightmare for everyone, but especially for the pet. They do not know what is happening, how they got lost or where their owner is.
For that reason, equipping your pet with an ID is essential.
A simple “Name + phone number” collar tag is available in almost every pet store. It’s easy to make, takes minutes, and your dog won’t even notice it on its collar. In case the dog runs away in the park or jumps from the car, this way whoever finds it will be able to call you and return it to you.
Collar IDs are simple and show everybody that the lost dog is a beloved family member and that somebody really misses him or her. This increases the chances for the dog to be returned to its owner.
These collar IDs have only one setback – if the collar gets lost, so does the ID.
For more secure reasons, there is the microchip. In some states in the world, microchipping your pet is legally binding. In these states, if you lose your pet “on purpose” and they identify it you will pay a fine.
Anyway, microchipping is maybe painful at the moment for the pet but is very practical. All your information like name, number, home address etc. is stored on the server and it can be accessed anywhere, in any veterinary clinic by just scanning the microchip.
It is advisable for microchips to be scanned periodically, once a year when you go for your yearly check-up at the vet, to see if they function properly.
Keep your pet safe and make sure it has proper identification, no matter if it’s a dog or a cat.