National Pet ID Week

National Pet ID Week

National Pet ID week starts April 16th! Making sure that your pet has proper ID is one of the best things you can do to protect your furry best friend. Read on as a Sayville, NY vet discusses pet IDs.

Lost Pets

Did you know that nearly one in three pets will become lost at some point in their lifetimes? Sadly, over ten million pets go missing in the US every year. While some pets do find their way home, many more are never reunited with their owners. Microchips and ID tags have helped reunite many beloved pets with their worried humans. Making sure your pet has proper ID is very important!

Microchipping

A microchip is a tiny device, about the size of a grain of rice, that is implanted under pets’ skin, usually between their shoulder blades. Each chip contains a unique ID number, which can be read with special scanners. Veterinarians and the staff at animal shelters usually check unidentified pets for microchips at intake. If a chip is present, they will attempt to contact the owners. If your four-legged friend is not yet chipped, we strongly recommend getting this done ASAP. Once your pet is chipped, you’ll need to fill out your records for the chip manufacturer’s database. You’ll also need to update this information whenever you move or change contact information. Ask your vet for more information.

IDs

Microchips are very important, but they should not be considered a replacement for traditional ID tags. Tags are also crucial, as they are typically the first thing people check when they find pets. Plus, they are required by law in many places. If you have a dog, Fido should wear his collar and tags at all times. We also advise putting ID tags on kitties. If your pet is ever left unsupervised, ask your vet for tips on using a breakaway collar.

Traveling

If you are moving or traveling with your furry companion, make sure to update your pet’s records and ID tags before your trip. If you are using a carrier to move your four-legged pal, we also recommend putting your name on the outside of the carrier. Use luggage tags or address stickers, so the text doesn’t rub off.

Does your pet need a microchip, vaccinations, or an exam? Contact us, your Sayville, NY animal hospital, today. We are here to help!

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