Lost Dogs With Dog ID Tags Have a Faster Rate of Returning Home
A study published in Preventative Veterinary Medicine uncovered some surprising statistics about dog ID tags. Apparently, only 33% of American pet owners keep dog ID tags on their pets’ collars.
It may interest you to know, if you fall within the majority, that even microchipped pets tend to make it back home faster if the person who found the dog has a way to contact the owner directly.
Microchipping is not a failsafe
Think about it. Your dog has somehow made it out of the house, you walked all around your neighborhood until evening and couldn’t find your furry friend, and you go home hoping the microchip will locate your pet. Vets and shelters can scan for the chip, certainly; however, how much time will have passed before they have the chance? Whoever finds your dog could find him or her at night when shelters and vets are not open. The person who found him or her may have to house your dog over the weekend before finally bringing your pet to an open facility to scan the microchip. During these few days, you’re at home worrying or going out to the park for the 100th time calling out in vain because your dog is hopefully with the kind person who intends to bring him or her to an appropriate place to be identified.
What kind of information should be on a dog ID tag?
The person who finds your lost pet needs the most immediate method for contacting you. It’s recommended to, at the very least, include your cell phone number on your dog’s ID tag. Some people choose not to include their addresses for security reasons, which makes perfect sense; however, some form of contact must be readable on the dog tag. You may also want to keep your dog’s proof of rabies vaccination on his or her collar so whoever finds your dog will know for sure he or she is up to date on shots.
How often should you update the dog ID tag?
Every few months, it’s a good idea to make sure your contact information on the dog tag is clear and legible. Various elements and activity level may impact the readability of the tag information. Every time your pet is vaccinated, update your pet’s dog tag to appropriately alert a rescuer that he or she is safe to interact with your dog. Remember, if your information changes, you need to update the dog tag, not just your contacts!
Paw Technologies Can Help to Potentially Improve Your “Return-to-owner” (RTO) rate
When you sign up for Paw Technologies, you collaborate with us to create a flyer with an easily identifiable picture of your dog and details about his or her personality to assist anyone who finds you dog to reunite you with your missing pet! Though you can sign up for the alert system on its own, Paw Technologies offers a package to include a sturdy, glow-in-the-dark dog tag. We design our dog ID tags to be long lasting and durable no matter the rambunctiousness of your pup! Our dog tag is approximately the size of a quarter with either a silver or brass finish and just enough space for the essential information: your dog’s name and your phone number. The glow-in-the-dark feature helps make your lost dog more visible at night. With our dog tag, you won’t have to change it out every few months and our alter service will put you in the best position possible to improve your RTO rate and bring your best friend home! Please, visit our website to find out more about how Paw Technologies can better serve you and your furry family members!