The fourth of July is quick approaching. Soon you and your your family and friends will be happily enjoying the sights and sounds of holiday pyrotechnics. Your four-legged friend will likely be filled with fear and disorientation which will have him wanting to quickly exit the area, to get away from the loud sounds of excited family and fireworks. If your fur-pal gets lost you’ll want to get reunited with him as soon as possible.
ID Your Pet Day, a newly launched holiday created by the ASPCA, urges pet-parents to learn handy tips for keeping cats and canines safe and serves as an annual check-in to make sure your pets’ identification tags and microchip information is up to date.
Did you know your fur-pals microchip is useless
if you don’t update your emergency contact information?
A microchip is a tiny capsule about the size of a grain of rice that contains a computer chip. It’s injected under your pets skin between the shoulder blades. This chip stores a unique, permanent identification number. If your pet gets lost, the microchip can be scanned and the emergency contact person will be notified.
Follow these easy steps to protect your fur-pal.
- If your pet was micro-chipped when you bought him, ask your vet or breeder for the name of the emergency contact person that was registered with the microchip company.
- If the vet or breeder used their own name to register the microchip ask them to have it reflect your address and phone number.
- If the microchip was registered in your name ask the vet or breeder for the name of the company that supplied the microchip that’s implanted in your pet. Call the company with your updated contact information – and keep it updated! Also, keep the microchip number is a safe place for easy reference if needed.
In addition to an updated microchip, let’s not overlook dog tags. ASPCA states:
A cat or dog who wears a personalized ID tag is more likely to be returned to his or her home. Your furry friend should be fitted with a collar and an ID tag which displays your name and phone number.