Dog Identifying Tags Keep Fido Safe

August 17, 2012

Our dogs depend on us to keep them safe.  No one ever thinks their pet will get lost or go missing for any reason.  Yet it happens – more often than it should.  Pets tend to freak out following a car accident and given the opportunity, instinct kicks in and they run.  The sound of fireworks usually frightens dogs, resulting in unpredictable behavior.  Sometimes, an animal will escape from its own fenced yard and wander away, not knowing how to find its way home.

Not long after we brought 8-month-old Maggie home as a foster, we closed her in the garage with our Weimaraner while we went out to dinner.  We thought this was a safe place for them to stay, where they could run and play with nothing to hurt them.  They had their beds and toys and plenty of water.  When we returned, we found the garage door raised about 2 feet.  Both dogs were gone.  My husband and I headed out to hunt them down, praying we would find them, because Maggie had no identification on her collar.  She was micro-chipped with her former owner’s contact information but anyone finding her wouldn’t have known that.  Fortunately, we drove onto a street 4 blocks away as a delivery truck driver was trying to coerce the dogs to come to him.  Gator, the Weimaraner, wasn’t having any part of him but Maggie, always friendly with people, was ready to hop right up and go with the man.  Disaster was averted, and I chose to give the man the benefit of the doubt as he kept saying he just wanted to look for a tag on Maggie’s collar, so he could take her home.  We put an I.D. tag on Maggie the very next day and no longer close the escape artists in the garage when we leave the house.

There are many identification tag options on the market, and it’s a good idea to invest in one.  Some I.D. tags are just that:  The information written on the tag is the only means of contacting the dog’s owner.  Others connect to a National registry that holds a database of information.  Should someone find your dog, they can call the toll-free number listed on the dog’s tag and give them the identification number from the tag.  That will pull up all the data you have provided to the registry and help get your pet returned to you.   Micro-chipping is a good choice, but it will only help if the dog ends up at a shelter or veterinarian’s office where a scanner is available.  The tag to attach to Fido’s collar would provide an extra level of safety.

The identification tag should include the obvious:  Dog’s name and your name and contact information.  Be sure to include a cell phone number to reach you in case you are traveling when you dog gets lost and aren’t at home to receive a call.



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