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Learn How to Keep Your Pets Safe During National Pet ID Week

National Pet ID Week, which runs from April 16-22 this year, serves as a great reminder to all pet owners that they need to take steps to keep their pets safe. Did you know that 1 in 3 pets become lost throughout their lifetime, and only 2 percent of cats and 20 percent of dogs are found by their original owners after becoming lost?

Although accidents can happen any time — when someone leaves a door open or forgets to lock the backyard gate, responsible pet owners should take steps to maximizes the chances of reuniting with their pets. This is easy enough to accomplish by making sure your dog or cat has proper ID. While your dog can’t walk into the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and request an identification card, you can safeguard your pet with the following items:

ID Tag

A dog’s ID tag contains their name, your contact information, as well as any other pertinent information you’d like someone who finds the pet to have (allergies, ailments).

While most pet owners buy their dogs and cats ID tags, they don’t keep them on their pets consistently. In fact, only one third of pet owners keep the tags on their pets at all times. While it may seem safe to take the tags off at home, gardeners, small children, babysitters, or really anyone entering or leaving your property, can let your pet out at any time.

Pet License

When bringing a new pet into your home, your city or state may require you to obtain a pet license. You may need to provide documentation to secure a license, such as that your dog has had a vaccine against rabies. It’s important to comply with these regulations not only because you will get fined if you are caught owning a pet without a proper license, but because this document can help local animal shelters reunite you with your pet if you have filed the proper paperwork. Plus, the fees collected from pet licenses help provide funds and services for lost or unwanted pets.

Microchip

Unfortunately, a pet ID can fall off from the pet’s collar and get lost. In addition to an ID, you should invest in getting a microchip for your pet. This simple procedure is done at a veterinarian’s office, where a small chip is inserted just below your dog’s skin. Should your pet get lost and turned into a local animal shelter, the employees will be able to scan the microchip and pull up your contact information, helping to reunite you with your furry friend.

Properly caring for your dog requires much more than simply keeping them safe. You need to feed them a nutritious and healthy diet, provide them with love and attention and care for them using natural products. Unfortunately, many products and supplements sold at traditional pet stores contain harmful toxic ingredients that do more harm than good to your pet.

When you invest in your dog’s safety during National ID Week by purchasing an ID and making sure you have an updated pet license, invest in their health by purchasing Dr. Willard’s® Pet Products. Whether your dog has hot spots or a rash, is aggressive or is shedding their coat, our line of pet products can help treat their body and mind!

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