National Pet ID Week

National Pet ID Week

Did you know that April 15th to 21st is National Pet ID Week? Making sure your furry friend is wearing proper ID is very important. In fact, this simple step may one day save your pet’s life! Read on as a Clio, MI vet discusses pet identification.

Microchips

Microchipping is a very simple procedure that only takes a few minutes. However, this will greatly increase the odds of your furry best friend coming home if he or she is ever lost or stolen. Microchips don’t transmit information: instead, each chip contains a unique ID number. This correlates to your records in the chip manufacturer’s database. If your pet hasn’t been microchipped yet, we strongly recommend that you get this done right away. If your four-legged buddy does have a chip, try using the AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup tool to check your records. We also recommend having your vet check the chip during your pet’s regular exams, to make sure it hasn’t slipped or malfunctioned.

Tags

Microchips are great, but tags are still the easiest way for people to connect you to your pet. They are also required by law in many places! Make sure your canine buddy is wearing proper ID tags at all times. We recommend that cats stay inside, but if you do let Fluffy out, make sure she is wearing tags.

Breakaway Collars

You may want to get your four-legged buddy a breakaway collar. This will snap if your pet ever gets stuck on something. Keep in mind that if the collar does break, the tags will stay with it. This is another reason microchips are so important!

Precautions

With both microchips and tags, it’s important to remember to update your records every time you move or change contact information. It’s also a good idea to take photos of your pet from all angles. If your four-legged pal ever goes missing, this will be very helpful in making flyers. That said, it’s always better to err on the side of caution. Never let your pet roam around freely. If you have a yard for your dog to play in, get a self-latching gate, and make sure that your fencing is secure. Ask your vet for more information.

Please feel free to contact us, your Clio, MI pet hospital, for all of your furry buddy’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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