Pet ID Week

Did you know that Pet ID week starts today, April 15th? Making sure your pet has proper ID is one of the best things you can do to safeguard their well-being. In this article, a Rockaway, NJ vet discusses pet identification.

Microchipping

A microchip is a tiny device, generally about the size of a single grain of rice. The chip is implanted under your pet’s skin with a hypodermic needle. Each microchip contains a unique ID number, which correlates to your records in the chip manufacturer’s database. This is how chips form a permanent, invisible bond between pets and their human buddies. If your furry friend is ever lost or stolen, that microchip will greatly increase the chances of him or her coming home again! Of course, getting the chip implanted is just the first part of the process. You’ll need to fill out some forms to update your records in the manufacturer’s database. (Tip: check the AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool to check your records.) It’s also important for you to keep these records updated whenever you move or change your contact information. Ask your vet for more information.

ID Tags

While we strongly recommend that all pets be microchipped, ID tags are still important as well. If your dog or cat runs off, those tags are still the quickest and easiest way for people to contact you. For example, if Fido slips out the gate and turns up in a neighbor’s yard, it will be easier for everyone if your neighbor can just call you and tell you where your pet is. We also recommend that you keep copies of your pet’s records with you at all times. Stash photocopies in your glove box, and/or take pictures of them with your smartphone.

Basic Precautions

ID is very important. However, it’s also important to take measures to make sure your furry buddy stays safe and sound at home. Keep Fido on a leash whenever you take him off your property. If you have a yard, make sure your fences are secure. We also recommend getting a self-latching gate. As for Fluffy, she’ll be safer and healthier living indoors, where she is safe from cars, predators, and other hazards.

Do you need to make an appointment to get your pet microchipped? Contact us, your local Rockaway, NJ pet hospital, today. We are here to help!

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