Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Identification Options for your Dog

There are many ways that you can have identification on your dog besides the tradition dog collar tag.

The most important thing you can do for your dog if it was ever to get lost is to have a collar on it. If you dog were to escape having a dog collar or dog harness on would notify the person that found them that is it someone’s pet.

Besides the traditional metal dog tags, you can also get your dog’s collar monogrammed with their name and your contact phone number. Personalized dog collars are a great way to have a one of a kind dog collar.

But the issues with a just a dog collar is that sometimes collar can come off. If you only rely on a dog collar, you risk the chance of it coming off and the finder not being able to contact you. One of the best ways to combat this is to have your dog microchipped. When a dog is microchipped, a rice size implant is put under their skin between their shoulder blades. In this chip is your contact information and many times your dog’s vet information. When you dog is found by animal control, brought into a vet clinic, or taken to the humane society as a stray, one of the first things they do is scan it to see if it has a microchip. Microchips will not come off like a collar will, so this is a great way to protect your dog from getting lost.

Besides a traditional metal dog tags and microchipping, there are other options that are available for your dog. The one you choose is based on your lifestyle, budget, and personal preference.

· Make at Home Tags- Are you really handy? Make your dog’s own tag at home.
· GPS Tracking Devices- With all this new technology, you can now outfit your dog with a GPS Tracking Device.
· USB Tags- Just like you would store information on a USB cord, keep your contact information on a USB dog tag, if your dog is found, they plug it in and contact you!
· Tag Based Pet Registry Service
· Web Based Pet Registry Service
· Pet Tattoo- A number tattoo is placed inside the dog’s ear which can then be looked up to contact you.

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