It can save you & your pet a lot of heartache!
by Christine MottBack to Pet Tips
It is so important to have an I.D. tag and collar on your pet at all times. Rule of thumb should be that the animal is not allowed outside wtihout it, and all members living in the household should abide by this rule. Let's face it, this is one of the easiest things that we can do to protect the animals we love.
I.D. tags are inexpensive and can be purchased at stores such as Petco, where they have an instant self-serve machine that engraves the I.D. tag as you watch! You can also order I.D. tags or even a collar with the pet's name and your phone number embroided on it online at places such as www.hotdogcollars.com and www.LoveYourPets.com.
A permanent form of identification for your pet is a microchip. A microchip is a rice-size chip implanted (by a veternarian) between the shoulder blades. You will pay a fee that can range generally from $25 to $40 for the implantation and a smaller fee, of about $18, to register the chip with a national registry. Once the chip is registered, all of the pet's pertinent contact information as well as its name and date of birth will be easily detected by a trained individual should the pet become lost. Animal authorities will scan a stray or lost animal to see if they have been microchipped and if so they can easily trace the pet back to you! If your pet is microchipped and you do not register with a national registry, the chip will not serve its pupose. Check with your local veternarian to discuss your options.
Below are a list of websites to register your pets microchip.