Aspen showing off his dog collar
The third week of April is Pet ID week, which brings awareness to a very needed item for all pets. When I was adopted into my new home, one of the most important gifts that was given to me was a Pet ID by my dog-parents, Haroon and Sara Khan. They knew how vital it is for every dog to have one, the importance of which I will share with you today.
Why Should My Pet Have an ID?
Whether you allow your dog to roam freely on your property, or keep a close eye on him within the perimeters of your home, there is always a possibility that he can wander off and get lost. All it takes is one door to be left ajar for your dog to run out and wonder the streets. Found Animals reports the following statistics: “Nearly one out of every three pets will get lost at some point during their lifetime, [and] without proper identification, 90% of lost pets never return home.” Those are staggering numbers of pets that never make it back home, forced to roam the streets and likely get picked up by dog rescue foundations. If they are not claimed or adopted within a certain time, those dogs get euthanized.
What is a Pet ID?
Pet ID simply stands for pet identification. Just as people carry driver licenses with their identifying information, so too should dogs. Since our furry friends don’t carry a wallet, they need a collar and a dog tag.
What are the Types of Pet IDs?
There are three main pet ID types, according to Found Animals. They include a dog tag, a license and a microchip.
Dog Tag: This is a small tag that attaches to the dog’s collar that lists his name, address and phone number. This way, if your pet is lost, an individual that finds him will know what to call him, and how to get in touch with his owner. Dog tags are available at most pet stores, or can be purchased online. You can personalize the information, as well as its shape and color.
Pet License: Most states require pet owners to get a license for dogs that are over four months old. This law is so strict, that in most states, if you do not renew your pet license every year, you can be slapped with a big fine. The license usually costs between $10 and $20. Other than the law requirement, there are many benefits to getting a pet license. First, this document states that your pet has been vaccinated against rabies, which makes a big difference should your dog be turned into a dog rescue. Also, many pet foundations will increase the time that allows the dog to stay there in the hopes of getting found. Finally, it is much easier for animal control to look up your information by the license number and call you if your lost pet has been found.
Microchip: A microchip is a great technological advancement that helps reunite lost pets with their owners. Ohio State University reports that: “the return-to-owner rate…for dogs [was] 2 ½ times higher for microchipped pets than were the rates of return for all stray cats and dogs that had entered the shelters.” A microchip is a small device that gets inserted beneath your dog’s skin during a visit to the vet. Your pet doesn’t need to get an anesthetic for this procedure, which feels like a routine vaccine to your dog.
Pet Finder explains that while microchips are not tracking devices, they are radio-frequency identification (RFID) implants that can play a crucial role if your pet is lost. A vet or an employee at an animal shelter can scan the unique number assigned to each microchip, and look up the owner’s information in the pet recovery service. Although this information is usually listed on the dog tag, that can be easily taken off or lost, while a microchip is implanted in your dog for life. It is crucial to keep contact information up to date in the system should you move or change your phone number.
Our furry friends depend on us to keep them safe and well taken care of. Aside from making sure your pets gets returned to you if they gets lost, honor them every day by offering food, water and products that are safe and natural. To honor compassionate care for our pets, the Dr. Willard brand just released a brand new, holistic pet kit. This line, made with natural products, includes a two-month supply of:
- Dr. Willard’s Vibrant Pet Water Drops® (8 oz.) enhances dogs’ overall nutrition and general health in a simple, safe and effective way by optimizing nutrient absorption and enhancing cellular function. Dr. Willard’s Vibrant Pet Water Drops® contain no artificial colors, flavors, parabens, phthalates or petrochemicals; are cruelty free; and help improve dogs’ overall hydration and nutritional benefits, keeping dogs healthy and vibrant. By adding the secret catalyst in the Dr. Willard’s® patented formula to pets’ clean drinking water, Dr. Willard’s Vibrant Pet Water Drops® boost water’s biological functions to help with digestion, nutrient absorption, behavior and performance. This means that dogs will get more vitamins from the same amount of food they consumed before.
- Dr. Willard’s Rejuvenating Skin and Coat Spray® (8 oz.) is made with the finest natural ingredients; restores moisture and beauty to the skin and coat of dogs; and relieves discomfort from a variety of conditions such as hot spots, scrapes, burns, abrasions and cuts. This topical application has no artificial colors, flavors, beans, phthalates or petrochemicals and is cruelty free. Dr. Willard’s Rejuvenating Skin and Coat Spray should be sprayed directly on the affected areas one to four times daily, or as needed.
- Dr. Willard’s Soothing Aloe Gel for Pets® (8 oz.) naturally moisturizes dogs’ skin, helps restores dogs’ coats and relieves itching caused by a variety of skin irritations. The gel, which is made with natural ingredients, helps alleviate some problems associated with burns, cuts, wounds and other skin disorders. It can be topically applied to dogs’ coats and skin. Dog owners should place a dime or quarter size amount of on the affected area of the dog and/or use as a general moisturizer.
Dr. Willard’s is so invested in honoring compassionate pet care, that they have pledged to donate $.25 from every bottle sold to animal foundations, such as Big Dogs Huge Paws and others.