Our pets ID tags are like an insurance policy on our pets. We wish that they are never needed but when they are its good that we have it. The chance of your pet getting lost dramatically decreases when we have proper id on our pets. When buying a pet identification there are lots of options. Use these guidelines to find the identification that will work best for your pet. There are many more options than your traditional metal tag. Ask yourself these questions when picking out the proper ID for your pet.
What type of neighborhood do you live in?
Do you live in a city, or highly populated area? Identification is even more so important in these areas. Pets run away and get lost, yes. They also get stolen. A thief can easily remove identification from your pet. Microchipping is an excellent option for all pets. A small chip is inserted under the skin of you’re your pet. They don’t feel it and neither can you. This small chip when scanned at an animal shelter or hospital can tell the person there your phone number, veterinarian information, your address, and all your pets info. It however should not be the only form of identification. A person who finds your pet can not read the information on it unless they have access to the chip scanner.
What type of pet do you have?
Every pet has the possibility getting lost. Their risk increases with the personality of you pet. Some pets like to get out of fences, some like to follow the scents of other animals in the area, and some are just young and full of energy and like to run. With animals like these, increased measures of identification are advised. A printed color and leash with your pets name on it is perfect for escape artists. The leash will tell the person that finds your pet its name when getting close to your dog is tricky. Maybe they can only see your pet running around. If their name is printed large they can see it from a distance. They might be able to help you in your search, or gain your pets confidence if they know the pets name.
Does your pet have special needs?
A voice recorded pet ID tag is a great option for pets that need medicine, or have health issues. We never know what might happen to us, and we want out pets taken care of in our absence. These tags hold much more than the traditional tags. You pets name, address, phone number, likes and dislikes, feeding schedule, allergies, and medical history can all be recorded for the person that is trying to reunite you with your pet.
The bare minimum a pet ID tag should contain is your pets name, address and phone number of the pet owner. Metal tags are durable but have the chance of falling off, especially if the pet gets out of its collar. Plastic tags should be avoided because even though they are lightweight they can be chewed and destroyed. If you want even more information stored on your pets collar a new small USB drive made for pets can be hung from your pet’s collar. The information on it can be easily updated with veterinary records and medical history. It is housed in sturdy plastic and fits into any computer. Top Tags is one brand that is available for only $39.99.
No matter what form of pet identification you decide on for your pet remember that it is essential. No pet should be unmarked, because even if you think your pet will never get lost, you can not insure that. The cost of the identification is minimal to the cost of losing a member of the family