What would you do if your beloved dog got out of the house and ran away? It’s a scary thought, especially if your pet isn’t wearing an updated ID tag. Sadly, it happens too often, because many people forget to update their pet’s ID information when they move, or the little tags bearing the information simply fall off. Here’s how you can maximize the chances you’ll soon be reunited with your dog.
Microchipping is a very simple process that can mean the difference between losing a pet for a little while, and losing one forever. The simple procedure involves a tiny microchip being inserted under your pet’s skin, in much the same way as a vaccination is administered. Microchipping has become much more common among pet owners, with many opting to have their pet chipped when it is spayed or neutered.
You do have to keep the information on the chip up-to-date, but it can usually be done online. Most animal shelters and veterinarians have equipment which can scan your pet for a microchip so that your contact information can be obtained and you can be reunited with your pet.
Doubling up on protection
It’s not a bad idea to use ID tags and microchipping together, because there’s always a risk that whoever finds your missing pet won’t think to take it to a vet or shelter for identification. Make sure that you keep your pet’s ID tags up-to-date and replace them if they look worn or become hard to read.
Smart phone scan code
Technology has provided an easy and effective way to reunite a lost dog with his owner. There are tags that can register your dog and all relevant information on a scannable QR code. When your dog is found, the finder simply scans the code and you receive a message directly to your phone that will inform you of your dog’s location.
If your pet is lost
Don’t rely on your microchip to return your pet to you safe and sound; make an effort to search for them to increase your chances of being reunited with them.
- Contact your microchip company and notify them that your pet is missing. They can list your pet on a “lost pet database” so anyone who finds it will know that it is lost.
- Get on social media, and spread the word. Post photos of your pet so others may recognize your pet if they find it.
- Contact your local animal control, animal shelters, and veterinary clinics. There’s a very good chance they will have seen or heard reports if your pet was seen wandering in the area.