Getting Carded – Identification for Your Pet

Since the beginning of the year, almost 400 pets have been reunited with their owners through Chicago Animal Care and Control. To help make sure your furry family member comes home safely, here are some tips for an easy reunion.

IDENTIFICATION

Make sure your pet’s collar has an identification tag! No matter what other information is on the tag, it is crucial to have the best way to contact you on it. If your pet were to accidentally escape from your home or get away from you on a walk, the good Samaritan who comes across them can contact you immediately to arrange where to meet.

Also, check your pet’s tags to make sure they are still readable, not cracked and are securely fastened. 

MICROCHIPS

Not all pets wear collars, and sometimes then can slip out of them. This is why it’s also important your pet is microchipped. A little bit larger than a grain of rice, a microchip can be implanted in between your pet’s shoulder blades to help reunite them with you if they get lost. Every animal hospital or shelter will have a microchip reader, so any found pets can be brought there to be scanned.

Keeping your information up-to-date on your pet’s microchip is important! If your correct information is not available, it will be more difficult to contact you if your furry family member is found.

We understand that losing your furry family member is something that owners never want to deal with, but we want to make sure you are prepared just in case. For any further questions on pet ID tags or microchips, please call us at Blum at: (773) 327-4446.

Written for Blum Animal Hospital by Jackie Sheppard.