NATIONAL PET ID WEEK
National Pet ID Week is always for seven days starting April 17. It gives pet owners a great opportunity to review the steps they can take to make sure their pet has the best chance of being recovered should the animal become lost.
It is estimated that one in three pets will go missing at some point in their life. It is also estimated that about 5 million animals enter shelters each year and of those 40 to 60 percent are lost pets. Getting those pets back home can reduce shelter crowding and free up valuable resources and kennel space for truly homeless animals.
Dog collars with identifying features are historic. Ancient kings, queens, and pharaohs used dog collars to show the status of dogs. Even though it is believed that dog collars with identifying features originated in Ancient Egypt, it was in Ancient Greece that gave dog collars their practical purpose. While the Egyptians used dog collars for decorative and possibly even identification purposes, it was n Ancient Greece where dog collars were used for more than identifying the dog and its owner. Farmers created spiked dog collars as a way of protecting their dogs’ throats from being ripped out by wolves.
Microchips for pets began in the mid-1990s. Global Positioning Systems were developed to become “bionics capable” of being read by satellites using Radio Frequency Identification of RFID. They could be tracked within inches of their location anywhere on the planet.
Not only are pets microchipped, but a Washington Times story from 1995 wrote that the United Kingdom’s Prince William, was electronically ‘tagged’ for security reasons.
HOW TO OBSERVE
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Vets recommend every pet owner prepare for a lost pet. They say pet identification is a crucial step to keep pets safe. Even the most well-behaved cats and dogs can get lost, run off unexpectedly or get separated from their owners. Two popular ways to I-D your pet, are to use a microchip and dog collar and tag. Collar tags are historically the most common. Pet owners can get personalized tags are available at pet stores or online. Make sure the tag has the most important piece of information:
- your cell phone number. Inspect your pet’s collar and tags.
- Are they in good repair?
- Are the tags readable? Or scratched and worn?
- Is the contact information up to date? (Contact info should include your cell phone number and your address.)
If you have “chipped” your pet with a microchip, this week is a good time to see that it is working and you are prepared to use it. Do you have the microchip brand, the 1-800 number of the company, and the microchip number of your pet in an easily accessible place?
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