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April 17 – April 23 is National Pet ID Week 

You’re probably wondering why an entire week out of the year is dedicated to this concept — rather than just a day or two. Well, it may be because each year, millions of dogs and cats go missing, and not all of them return home. Since many of those pets leave the house without any form of identification, it is clear that we still need to spread the word about the importance of pet identification.

According to HomeAgain, 1 in 3 pets will get lost during their lifetime; 10 million pets go missing every year; without ID, 90% of lost pets never return home.

The fact is, just like wearing a seatbelt increases your odds of surviving a car accident, wearing some form of identification increases a pet’s odds of being reunited with its family.

Common types of pet ID:

Identification tag
PRO: Can be personalized and gives the finder an immediate link to your contact info
CON: Tag info can wear off; tag must be replaced when you move or change phone numbers; tag can come off the collar or is lost when pet slips its collar

Tattoo
PRO: Is a permanent form of identification
CON: Is a code, rather than direct contact info; many pet finders are not familiar with tattoo databases; tattoos can blur; tattoos can be altered beyond recognition

Microchip
PRO: Safe, permanent form of pet ID; microchip lasts a lifetime; can be done as office visit at vet’s (no anesthesia required); support website [www.petmicrochiplookup.org] can provide info on any brand of chip; pet finders know to have stray animals scanned for a chip; owner can update contact info easily via internet (no need for a new chip); HomeAgain generates “lost pet” notices for enrolled animals; chipped and enrolled pets are protected against being claimed by a non-owner; animal shelters will work harder to reunite chipped pets with owners, rather than resort to euthanasia; microchip numbers cannot be altered
CON: Is a code, rather than direct contact info; some scanners may not be able to read certain chips

An implantable chip, 1/2 inch in length, can be the key to your pet's safe return. Microchip photo by Little Creek Veterinary Clinic.

An implantable chip, 1/2 inch in length, can be the key to your pet’s safe return. Microchip photo by Little Creek Veterinary Clinic.

Whatever your preference, make sure your pet is identifiable, should it ever leave the home or yard. We invite you to Contact Us to learn more about HomeAgain microchips and to schedule your pet’s chipping today.

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 Millions of pets disappear from home each year. Many pet owners assume their own dog or cat would never stray from home, either because the pet has shown no interest in wandering or because there are no known means of escape.

What are the chances? According to the lost pet recovery experts at HomeAgain:

  • 1 in 3 pets goes missing during its lifetime
  • 41% of lost cats are considered indoor-only cats
  • 8 to 10 million pets stray each year
  • Without ID, 90% of lost pets will not return home
  • Getting lost is the #1 cause of death for pets 

How do pets get out? They:

  • Bolt through an electric fence
  • Walk out a door or gate that’s mistakenly been left open
  • Flee from a thunderstorm or fireworks
  • Wander into unfamiliar territory while on vacation
  • Disappear during an emergency
  • Get stolen while unattended
  • Crawl out of holes created during home renovation/construction
  • Develop wanderlust as they age, due to cognitive loss
  • Sneak out when you prop the door open to sign for a delivery or carry in the groceries
  • Pop out a screen to chase a neighbor’s pet or wild animal
Speak up!
   Sometimes, a pet’s disappearance can be traced to a door or gate that’s been left open. The risk goes up when unfamiliar people are entering and exiting the house. Some pets find a safe corner to hide in, while other pets attempt to run as far from the house as possible.
 
   All people who have access to your house should be made aware that pets live in the home. Ask visitors to be vigilant about keeping doors and gates shut when visiting and working. (When practical, confine your pet to a room that you alone will access.)
Whom do you tell? Consider the most frequent visitors to your home:
  • Family members, especially children
  • Friends and overnight guests
  • Service workers, including meter readers, maids, and repairmen
  • Construction crew, roofers, and handymen
  • Pet sitters
   Of course, no plan is foolproof, so it’s best to have backup. Make sure your pet has a registered microchip (we think HomeAgain is best) to increase its chances of returning home to you.
   Contact us to schedule an appointment to have your pet ‘chipped, if it isn’t already. A simple office visit is all that’s necessary – no surgery, no anesthesia needed.

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This article originally published on June 4, 2012.

 

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