This time of year, the Holidays, is a time when many families are traveling with and without us, their furry protectors and companions.
Seat belts and crates or carriers help protect your pawed friend.
However, things happen…bad things…sometimes beyond our control…Human or furry friend’s…
Many shelters and breeders as well as your local vet will microchip us. This isn’t the end all…First, not everyone who finds us looks for the chip…and not all scanners can read all chips.
Dog tags? I wear tags,
though I’ve lost a couple I still have the one that can be scanned; but suppose someone finds me and doesn’t know they can scan my tag with their cell phone? Or they don’t really want to find my owner? They simply remove my collar and tags.
I don’t like the sound of that! Never seeing my Human again? That would be awful!
Race horses are tattooed on the inside of the upper lip. There is one central registry for them.
A friend with a Labrador had his dog tattooed. The Labrador was tattooed on the inside of the rear thigh with AKC and his registration number. Be sure to specify the registry in front of the number. If you don’t have a registered dog, use your driver’s license number with the state in front of it.
I think some of the European countries have central registries for identifying missing pets.
I’m never outside of the house without at least one of my Humans, usually both. Even fenced areas are NOT safe for us to be outdoors alone.
There are thieves out there who search neighborhoods for unsupervised dogs…and I’m not talking about the storied “dog catcher”. These are the BAD GUYS who will remove your collar and tags and make money selling you!
If your dog is stolen, and they steal us from cars too, your only chance is if a vet scans you and finds your microchip and the new owner is honest enough to return us.
If you are lost or stolen, have your humans trained so they automatically contact the animal shelter or humane society in your area and neighboring areas. Shelters do scan incoming animals for microchips.
As added protection tell your humans they should never admit to a stranger that you are NOT neutered. Say we are neutered even if we aren’t. Additionally, a microchip AND tattoo may be advisable. Remember, a tattoo is more easily spotted on short haired animals than long haired ones.
Click HERE for more information about microchips, their cost as well as their safety.
Click HERE for tips on keeping you, the family cat(s) or dog(s) safe from thieves.
The best way to keep us safe is to never allow us outside unless you are with us. But remember, sometimes things beyond anyone’s control can result in us getting lost, so be sure we are easily identified so we can be returned safely to you!
The best gift you can give us this Christmas is to be sure we are properly ID’d and registered, preferably with microchips and tattoos in addition to tags on our collars. Also take the time to go outside with us and keep us inside, in a crate if necessary, when you can’t be with us.