In our house, and probably in yours, pets are family. Please spend a few moments this week, making sure they’re safe and can be quickly returned to you in case they’re lost. Pet parents know that a missing pet is scary and upsetting. In general, one of the biggest issues in returning a missing pet to his proper home is a lack of proper identification. Microchips and tags mean pets, and their parents are reunited far more quickly. This week is pet ID week, so it’s a good time to look more closely at pet IDs and how to make sure your pet can be brought home quickly.
If your pet does become lost, act fast and don’t wait! While this may sound obvious, many pet owners assume their pet will simply turn up on their own. The truth is that the sooner you start looking, the more likely it is that you’ll find your pet. Make posters with a picture of your pet and your phone number and hang them in the area your pet was last seen. Contact the animal control officer in your area and alert local shelters. Most lost pets don’t stray too far if you start looking right away.
A simple collar and ID tag is always a great first step to keeping your pets properly identified. It should contain their name, your name and your phone number.
YAH is a big advocate of microchipping your pet. Particularly in the case of cats or smaller dogs, collars easily get caught on bushes and safely break away to prevent choking your pet. However, once they’ve fallen off, they don’t help your pet get back home. Having your pet microchipped is an important safety net. Shelter workers and veterinarians can scan for the chip and contact you based on that information. Consider keeping your microchip information updated, now’s as good a time as ever!