Summer’s in full swing and with time spent outdoors comes an added risk of pets escaping. Personalized ID tags or implanted microchips are the best way to increase the likelihood of your pet returning home. Make sure your pet is properly fitted with a collar, as a loose collar that easily slips off his neck will not suffice. Be sure the ID tag includes the current owner’s name, phone number or even your veterinary’s phone number to increase the likelihood of your pet returning to his proper home.
An implanted microchip can serve as an important security measure in case of a lost color and ID tag. But keep in-mind, you’ll need to update your address and contact information with its registry should your information change. And, competitive, technological compatibilities of the microchips and readers used by shelter and veterinary clinics can be a challenge. Although the International Standards Organization (ISO) issued specifications for a standardized microchip for animal identification, the USA has not accepted these standards.
One of the most common times of the year for pets to go missing is Fourth of July. Indoor and outdoor activities can lead to a pet sneaking out, and the loud noises of fireworks can be frightening for your pet, giving him reason to make a run for it. So before starting the fun and fireworks this Fourth of July, join the ASPCA by observing ID Your Pet Day. Encourage pet owners to make sure all of their fur babies have tags and/or microchips. For more information, visit ASPCA.org.