Monday, 24 April 2017

Why I Recommend Pet ID Tags and Micro-chips

Dear Pet People,

On Friday, while doing errands (that's code, actually, for getting coffee while browsing for new toys that Jake and Coral might like), I stumbled upon a tricky and unfortunate situation: a beautiful, well socialized and well cared for golden doodle had found his way into my local Shoppers Drug Mart. I guess he was out of conditioner. 

Joking aside, he was obviously lost, and was being cared for by a very kind cashier. The dog had been there for almost an hour and while he seemed no worse for wear, I'm positive his family must have been crazy with worry for him. He was wearing a collar, but did not have an id tag. I offered to take him to the vet so he could be scanned for a microchip in hopes of getting him back home quickly, but staff had already called Animal Control and were waiting for them to pick him up and take him to the shelter.

While I'm glad our town has a safe place for lost pets and pets who need homes, shelters can be a very stressful environment - and I felt badly that we couldn't reunite this dog and his family immediately.
An identification tag would have allowed staff to call this dog's family and he could have gone home right away. 

While a microchip is a permanent form of identification, it can take time to get a lost animal to a location that can scan for a micro-chip and then make the call to the family. This is why I always recommend that pets be both micro-chipped and have a pet id tag, with up to date contact information, attached to the collar.

Enjoy your pets,