Pet identification is the fastest way to return a pet to their home if they become lost.
Personalized pet ID tags are a great form of identification because they can be read by anyone that finds the pet. A quick read of a pet ID can jumpstart a reunion with pet and home. ID tags or personalized/embroidered collars are a popular option of pet identification for pets. However, a tag or a collar can become lost, leaving your pet without any form of ID.
Microchip identification is recommended to use in addition to a pet ID tag to ensure that a missing pet can be identified, even if they lose their collar. The small microchip is implanted under the pets skin where it cannot fall off, be removed, or become impossible to read over time. It has a unique ID number that is registered with the owner’s contact information. Lost pets are scanned for a microchip if brought to a veterinarian or an animal shelter. The unique ID will then be displayed and can be used to contact a pet owner.
Whether you use a pet ID tag, a microchip, or both, it is important to make sure your contact information remains up to date. If you get a new phone number or if you move to a new house, be sure to update this information on your pet’s identification.