I saw this sign posted on our neighborhood streets. It reminded me that today marks the beginning of National Pet ID Week (April 18-24).
I hope “Piggy” makes it home, safe and sound . . .
One in three pets will get lost in their lifetime, and 90% of those without proper ID won’t make it home. Follow these steps to ensure that your dog will be found:
- Get Tagged: Make sure your dog has a set of sturdy dog tags. Although pet boutiques sell fancier versions, simple and functional tags are available for less than $5.00. If you don’t like the jingle, try a slider tag, available from several online dog tag shops. You can also consider buying and registering a tag from BlanketID. If you’re going to be traveling off-leash with your dog in rugged terrain, consider affixing a second tag to any additional gear your pup might be wearing (like a harness or backpack).
- Get Chipped: It sounds a little creepy, but microchipping your dog could save his life. Toki was chipped with the AVID microchip by L.A. Animal Services when she was found as a stray puppy. When we adopted her, we registered our contact info and the contact information of our adoption agency (Animal Advocates Alliance). There are several microchip companies out there besides AVID. Just make sure that their systems are compatible (i.e. 125 kHz microchips) with the universal scanners at animal shelters nationwide. Also make sure that you update your microchip registry if you change contact information.
- Take Photos: This part shouldn’t be too hard . . . Up-to-date photos will help you advertise your pet if the worst happens.
For more advice on what to do if your pet is lost, check out these tips on Lost Pet USA. But remember, planning and prevention can save you a lot of heartache. ID your pet today!