Nothing can put a grip on your heart faster than a pet that has gone missing! I remember about a year ago, we were out doing a lot of yard work. It was a cleanup after a storm and a lot of LOUD yard equipment was being used. It scared Maggie so bad so that she dashed out of the yard and was gone. When I realized she was missing, panic set in! We searched the yard, the woods, and drove up and down the road. The longer we looked without finding her, the more unglued I was becoming! The one thought I kept hanging onto was the fact she was wearing several forms of pet identification.
You may call me paranoid all you want for the multiple forms of pet id’s on my dogs, but Maggie’s pet identification tags helped reunite me with my beautiful girl within a couple of hours! When she appeared in the back yard of some neighbors down the road, they were able to read her name, my name, and my phone number. Believe me when I say – that was the most welcome phone I have ever received!
Pet identification is, just as the title said, a major part of pet safety. We give our animals their preventative, and we take them in for their checkups, but do we have a way to track them if they escape or get lost? All the love in the world won’t give us a radar sense of where our wayward furbabies have gotten off to should they dash off to the unknown. That’s why pet identification is so key in pet safety.
Pet Identification – Why it’s so Important
The ability to quickly and easily have our pets identified is a key role in pet safety because that’s the only way we’ll get them back. If they bolt for any reason, the chances of getting them back into our loving arms if they don’t have one or more forms of pet identification on their bodies is very, very slim. No one knows who that random dog is they just found and without any pet identification, there’s no way for them to find out. This means our beloved family members will be headed straight for the pound. That is a scary thought.
Pets Run More than you Think
Pet identification is a must because pets bolt more than you’d think. This is especially true if you have a fearful dog. All they can think about is getting away from whatever is frightening them, so it stands to reason that there’s a high likelihood that when you open up the car door to go into the vet, groomer, or other place that your dog or cat is terrified of, they could shoot out like a rocket and be well on their way to Lost Town. This holds true for times of particular stress like fireworks, thunder, etc. In these moments, your pet may actually leave the safety of your home because he’s crazy with fear.
A leisurely walk, or fun hiking trip, can also turn into a nightmare! If a dog breaks his leash due to either fear, aggression, or wanting to chase another small creature, they could be lost in a matter of minutes depending on the location and how determined your dog is. In that case, you’ll be glad you had pet identification on your dog.
High Risk Times for Losing:
- Transporting pets to and from vets, groomers, shelters, and the like.
- Opening doors during times of stressful sounds like fireworks, thunderstorms, and the like
- Opening doors when loud guests such as children are around a high strung pet
Types of Pet Identification
There are two major types of pet identification that are most commonly used today. It’s recommended that owners use these in conjunction with one another to ensure that if their pet is lost, they’ll be able to get home again soon.
The old stand-by. Tags have been around for as long as I can remember, and they’re the standard for figuring out who a pet belongs to. Don’t make the mistake of ONLY putting your pet’s rabies tags on his collar. While it is possible to track the owner down from that, it is very difficult. The vet’s office listed on the rabies tag would need to search their computer system for the tag number to find owner information – not an easy feat. Even then, a person would have to wait on office hours and someone to do the search. It makes it so much easier, and quicker, when your pet’s collar has an identification tag with his name and your pertinent phone numbers on it.
Digital Pet Id Tags
In addition to regular name tags, we LOVE Digital pet ID tags like those you can get from Pet Hub! With these tags, anyone with a phone can scan the tag and view your pet’s profile. They would then have access to the information you listed such as your phone number and other trusted numbers you have listed in order to contact you. This, in turn, can get your 4-legged friend home safely in your arms QUICKLY! PetHub also includes a human-staffed 24×7 “Found Pet Hotline” which comes free with their Basic service! YES! A real human!
Microchips have become almost as standard as tags, and there’s a reason for that. They work. Microchips are easily placed under the skin of your dog or cat (usually between the shoulder blades), and they make it incredibly easy to figure out who a lost animals belongs to. If a pet is found, the person simply needs to take them to a local vet or shelter (again they would need to wait on office hours), where the pet will be scanned for a microchip. The microchip number is entered into a database, and the owner’s information pops right up.
Microchipping your pet is a simple and easy procedure that takes only seconds. But, please remember that a microchip must be registered to the owner with all of the owners information if it’s going to be of any use. An UNregistered microchip isn’t much help to you or your pet.
Lessen the Need for Pet Identification
It’s important to have adequate pet identification on your 4-legged friend at all times, but it’s also important to lessen the likelihood that you’ll need to use it. Here are a few tips to help lessen the chance of needing to use pet identification.
- Always transport cats in carriers
- Always leash your dog before opening the door of your home or car
- Make sure all leashes and collars/harnesses are in good condition and replace any that are worn. Make sure the fit is proper and they cannot slip them!
- Separate high strung animals from large groups of visitors in the home
Pet Identification Saves Heartbreak
While I told you about my scary experience with Maggie, I have also been in the position to help three little lost beagles back to their owner. Living in a rural area, we have a lot of hunters in the woods around our home. The young beagles were being trained to hunt. And, as young dog do, something caught their interest and they took off after it. They ended up lost and in my back yard.
However, all three were wearing a collar with a brass tag embedded right into it. Once I scooped the little love bugs up, I was able to read their owner’s name and phone number. He wasn’t far away, but had been searching the woods for them. When they saw their owner, their tails went to wagging ninety-to-nothing! It was a happy reunion. But, I hate to think what could have happened if either Maggie or the little beagles didn’t have pet identification!
Pet identification is a crucial part of pet safety. We do everything we can to keep our pets safe, happy, healthy, and where they belong. In the event that they manage to escape, pet identification is just about the only way we’ll ever see our little guys again. So be sure to use collars, tags and microchips on your pets to ensure that they’re safe and sound no matter what.
Has your pet ever gotten lost? Have you ever found a lost pet and needed to find their owner? We would love to hear your story in the comments!