Quite often I get asked if pets need both an id tag and a microchip.
I believe you should take every precaution to make sure your pet is returned home should he or she ever become lost. This means that your dog needs both a microchip and an identification tag.
A microchip is a small capsule about the size of a grain of rice which contains a special alphanumeric code that is specific to that particular animal. The chip is implanted beneath the skin into the pet's tissue and is about as painless as a vaccination. A lost pet can be scanned at a vet clinic, humane society or animal shelter and owner information can be obtained to help the pet be returned home.
A pet id tag attaches to your pet's collar and contains important information (name, phone number, address, any medical information) that will help your pet be returned home promptly.
|Saint Francis of Assisi Tag from PetBling.ca|
Both microchips and id tags have advantages and limitations. Microchips, while permanent, may not contain the most up-to-date information about your pet. As well, owners must rely on someone else to take a lost pet to a shelter or clinic to be scanned for microchip information. If your pet goes missing on a weekend or evening, there may be a delay in getting to an open shelter or clinic for a scan.
Id tags, on the other hand, can provide the person who finds your lost pet with important information immediately, particularly if your dog has a medical condition, allergy or needs medication.
|Medical Alert Tag from PetBling.ca|
Unfortunately, pets can sometimes escape from the house or backyard without wearing their collar and id tag - and this is when a microchip is important for your pet's safety. It's yet another way of ensuring that your pet gets back home.
I've had a number of experiences with finding lost pets. Most recently, a tiny chihuahua was enticed by the smell of the pizza delivery guy one evening and came right into my house! He wasn't wearing a collar or tag and I didn't recognize him as belonging to a neighbour.
After wandering around the neighbourhood with the little guy, I began to wonder what to do him - I knew most vet clinics were closed and I really didn't want to drop him off at the shelter. After a while, his owner (who was out looking for him), noticed us and I was able to reunite the pair...
... but really, if the dog had been wearing his collar and an id tag, I would have been able to call the family and he could have been returned home quickly. I hope that if I had needed to bring the dog to the shelter he would have been microchipped.
Id tags can be a classic bone-shaped tag,
|Nickel Bone Tag from PetBling.ca|
or a fun and fancy designer id tag that reflects your dog's unique personality.
|K9 by Igloo Tags available from PetBling.ca|
Enjoy your pets,