We all love our pets dearly and it’s hard to think of ever being parted from them. Tragically however, thousands of pets are lost every year in the UK and a large percentage never find their way back home.
Why? Because the owners did not take a few simple steps to ID their pet.
Identifying our pets is particularly important at this time of year as noisy fireworks can frighten and bewilder cats and dogs, causing them to lose their bearings and leave familiar territory.
Clearly identifying your pet can literally make the difference between life and death. According to the Dog’s Trust charity, over 107,000 stray dogs were collected from the streets of the UK in 2009. Of these, 9,000 were put to sleep by the authorities as they were unable to trace the owners.*
Importance of Microchipping
The most vital thing you can do to protect your pet is to take them to your local vet and get him or her microchipped. It is an inexpensive, one time process (usually between £10 and £20) that only takes a few seconds. The chip is as small as a grain of rice and totally harmless. Chips are normally inserted under the skin at the base of the neck and will remain there for the rest of your pets life.
If your pet gets lost or injured and taken to a veterinary practice or rescue charity, they will be able to scan the chip and get in touch with you quickly, avoiding stressful days in a strange place for your pet and sleepless nights for you and your family. Don’t forget though, the microchip is only an effective means of identification if you keep your address details up to date on the microchip issuer’s database (your vet will give you these details after inserting the chip). Make sure you let them know if you are about to move house!
Make yourself easy to trace!
A second and equally vital line of ‘defense’ is a clearly marked ID tag or pendant. Clearly identifying your dog in this way is not just good sense, it’s the law! According to the 1992 Control of Dogs Order**, “every dog while in a highway or in a place of public resort shall wear a collar with the name and address of the owner inscribed on the collar or on a plate or badge attached to it.”
An address tag need not be expensive. Our Chrome Plated Address Pendant for cats and dogs is only £1.99 but could save your pet’s life!