Whether driving on the road or traveling by plane, not having proper identification on your dog is like leaving them abandoned - and no loving family would want their dog to be lost. Dogs are like children, when left unattended they wander everywhere and doesn't care if you aren't near them. With that in mind, pets that have proper identification are more likely to be found compared to those that doesn't have one.
If you think ID collars are enough, then you're wrong. Here are some tips to give your dog proper identification.
Make sure that your dog is wearing an ID. ID collars are a basic form of identification for your dog. It is worn around the dog's neck which is a great temporary solution. However, pet id's get loose at times, or can get wet making the prints unreadable.
A permanent solution would be to install a pet microchip. A microchip is injected to the body of your dog. Each chip contains a unique number that can be read using a microchip scanner. When a vet scans for the microchip, your contact information, alternate contacts and other essential information is shown - making it a permanent identification system. It has all the data needed to get your dog back to you, so make sure to keep the microchip up to date.
Make a list of your dog's unique, identifyng marks. Authorities will find it easier to locate your dog when you declare their unique, identifying marks. Moreover, your pet's unique, identifying marks will prove that you are the owner of that dog.
Carry a recent photo. Ensure that you have the most recent photo of you pet with you at all times. Keep a few copies of it and place one in your pet's carrier.
If your dog went missing
- When you realize that your pet is missing, call the authorities and inform them about it. The sooner you call, the better the chance of your dog to be found right away.
- Secure the needed documents that can tell that this is your lost dog. A most recent picture would help; however, it can speed things up if you can tell your pet's unique identifying marks.
- If your pet has an ID in them or a pet microchip, you are likely to get a call. When on a search, don't forge to bring your phone with you at all times.
- Bring some bait or anything that your dog won't be able to resist. That, and the tone of your voice will let your pet know that everything is all right. They'll usually come running when they hear a familiar sound.