We recently posted an article outlining the benefits of ID-ing your pets, but now we want to dive into a little more detail and answer some FAQs! All those questions that you’re too afraid to ask your vet, your friends, or even us because you think you’ll get judged. Well, we have all the answers, and we promise we don’t judge!
ID-ing your pet is extremely important in case they accidentally get out the door and end up roaming the streets. The IDs help whoever found your dog get in contact with you and bring your dog back home where he belongs. So, here are a few answers to some frequently asked questions when it comes to ID-ing your cat or dog.
- How do I ID my pet?
- There are two common ID options. First, there is an ID tag where you can put your contact information onto a stainless or plastic material. Generally, you’ll want to include your name, address, and phone number on the tag. Once you’ve received your dog’s ID tag, you can attach it to their collar so it’s easy for people to see.
- Your second option for a pet ID is a microchip. This form of ID is one that’s implanted in your pet’s body, usually right around their shoulder blade area. Through the use of a specialized scanner, your pet’s information is scan-able by vets and local animal shelters. The chip contains all your contact information and can never fall off like a tag, but not all scanners work for all chips.
- Where do I go or what do I do to create a tag?
- Where can I get my pet micro-chipped?
- If you’re wanting a microchip, making a visit to your vet and getting their Intel would be your best bet. Usually, it’s a one-time fee and often includes registration in a pet recovery database, which is extremely important in getting your lost dog back to you. If you’re not registered, the chip won’t work. Another option for acquiring a microchip would be visiting your local shelter or rescue group. A lot of times, local pet facilities can micro-chip your pet as well, as the microchip all strays brought into their centers.
- How do I register my pet’s microchip?
- A lot of vets and animal shelters can register your microchip for you, but if not, you can always do it online. There are a lot of websites, like PetLink, that allows you to type in your pet’s microchip number, and that’s it! It’s that easy!
- How do I update my microchip?
- So, you’ve moved to a new area and need to update your pets microchip. Simple! When you got your dog implanted with a microchip, you should have received an activation card that included an ID number and a phone number to call. All you have to do is call the number, give them the ID number, and tell them what has changed in your contact information.
- How do I replace my pet’s tag?
- When your pet’s tag is too old and worn out to read the information anymore, just re-order one. Whether it’s from Amazon, Petco, or another website, it’s really simple to replace your pet’s ID tag.
- How do I know if my pet’s microchip is working?
- If you’re not sure your pet’s microchip is working, or you just want to be sure, head on over to your vet or local animal shelter. All they have to do is scan the chip for you and they can tell you if your information pops up. It shouldn’t take them too long, and we are sure they would be more than happy to help you out.
- Where is my pet’s microchip inserted?
- Your pet’s microchip is implanted just between their shoulder blades, underneath the skin.
- Do microchips hurt?
- When the microchip is implanted in your pet, it will feel similar to any kind of injection. The microchip injector is a bit bigger than your average needle, but just like a shot, a quick pinch and it’s done. Within 24 hours, the microchip begins to bond to the surrounding tissue, which makes it difficult for it to move. The microchip itself is no bigger than a grain of rice, therefore, your pet won’t feel it when it’s implanted.
- 10. Who is allowed, by law, to microchip my pet?
- It’s important that you take your pet to a professional who knows what they’re doing. Veterinarians, rescue groups, and some breeders are all allowed, by law, to microchip your pet. Make sure that wherever you go, and whoever is performing the task, has a certificate as a professional who is trained as a pet provider.
Well, there you have it! These seemed to be the most frequently asked questions about ID-ing your pet, but if your question wasn’t answered, feel free to send us a message through any of our social media platforms and we will be happy to answer any question you might have! Never let embarrassing questions about pet identification keep you from giving you pet the proper ID he or she needs. Make sure you ID your pets with either a tag or microchip, that way they always have information leading back to you, just in case they wander off!