Friday, April 10, 2009

National Pet ID Week April 18-24

Many pets can become separated from their owners. Of these dogs and cats who enter into the animal shelters of America, only about 20% will be reunited with their human families.

Please remember to be a responsible pet owner and have collars and tags which include your pet's name, your name and address, telephone numbers (day and evening), any medical problem requiring medication, veterinarian's name and number, and current rabies vaccination information.

Another great option is a microchip which is inserted under the pet's skin, usually between the shoulder blades. The chip is about the size of a grain of rice. The pet's information is then sent
to the agency who supplied the microchip. Most shelters and vets can scan lost animals to see if a chip is located, thus increasing the odds of the animal being reunited with its humans.

Another option is a permanent tatoo that involves marking a code on the skin of the pet. There is a national database that uses the code to find the current owner's address.

Show your pet you care enough to bring them home.

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