If there’s one thing I’m absolutely terrified of happening, it’s the possibility that Mauja and Atka could get lost or stolen. Preparedness will go a long way in ensuring your beloved pet will make his/her way home. National Pet ID Week is a great opportunity to check all of your pet’s information for accuracy. Here are a few things to check and update over the next week.
Collar & ID Tag
Your pet’s tag should contain the following information:
- Pet’s name
- Your name
- Telephone Number
- Home address (Personally, I don’t add my address to their tags. With frequent military moves, phone number is the most stable and reliable method of reaching me.)
- Pet’s with medical issues that require medication or special care should have an extra tag with this information.
Don’t forget to frequently check your pet’s microchip to ensure it hasn’t moved and the information is still accurate.
Get Some Good Photos
If you’re anything like me, you have a bazillion photographs of your pet on your phone, computer, and walls. Make sure you have some pictures that show any distinguishing markings or unique features.
Organize Important Numbers
If your pet does become lost, the last thing you will want to do is search for local numbers. Keeping the local shelter, rescue groups, and vet’s numbers handy will alleviate some stress if your pet does become lost. Be sure to file missing pet reports at the local shelter so you will be contacted if your pet is found.
We cannot stress enough the importance of making sure your pet’s information is up to date, so we created this handy printable for you! You can check off the identification information as you confirm its accuracy and list some important, local numbers at the bottom.