Finally the winter and holiday season is upon us and, while family is important all year round, there is something about the holiday season that brings us all closer together. While my family is not exactly the type to roast chestnuts on an open flame, we do always welcome the excuse to spend a little more quality time with each other. This of course includes our pets…after all they are family too!
As hectic as the holidays can be, accidents do happen and pets can very easily get lost or run away, especially when there are large crowds of people getting together. Uncle Jim could forget to latch the door and let the dog out or perhaps all the extra noise could make the cat skittish and cause her want to run away.
The last thing any of us wants to deal with is a lost pet, especially during the holidays. But there are ways to avoid this; one of easiest being to make sure your dog is properly tagged.
A pet ID tag is a basic, yet very effective way of reuniting an owner with a lost pet. Should your dog happen to dig under the fence, disobey an order to heel, or otherwise escape, a pet ID tag can help your beloved pet get back home quickly and safely.
Pet ID tags are typically made from metal or plastic and are hung from the collar or harness. There are simple tags, reflective tags, and even fancy jewel-studded ones. Whichever design you choose, make sure to include as much information about your pet as possible.
Here are some examples of what to include on your pet’ ID tags:
- Your dog’s name
- Dog’s license number
- Owner’s name
- Home address
- Current phone number
- Any emergency medical information someone may need to know in order to properly take care of your dog until you can get him back.
While many stray dogs are eventually located, they are sometimes unable to be reunited with their owners because the contact information on their ID tags are either missing or outdated. This is why it is important to always make sure to have your pet properly tagged and that the information is up to date.
Besides a basic collar ID tag, there are a couple of other ways to help ensure your pet’s safe return. As a back up to standard ID tags, microchipping your dog is another option.
Alternatively, you can equip your pet with a GPS collar, which can be used to track the location of your pet, should they happen to become lost. This device may give you peace of mind and save you a ton of time and stress in location your pet.
And while some collars come equipped with this GPS tracking chip, there are some manufacturers that sell chips that can be attached to your pet’s existing collar. When looking for a GPS tracking collars be sure to confirm the signal range. I saw one that could reach 500 acres while another one I found only reached 400 feet.
The only downside to the GPS collar is that if your pet happens to lose the collar or it is somehow removed from the pet, it will not be very effective in helping you track your pet.
Thanks for reading – hopefully these tips will help you keep your pets safe and sound.
Evan Price is a Raw Diet Educator for BARF World Inc. He is a true dog lover at heart with a particular interest in Daschunds. Evan is also an avid sports enthusiast and bridge player. For more articles like these and to learn more about the benefits of raw food for your pets, sign up for The Intelligent Pet monthly e-zine at www.barfworld.com.