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ID Your Pet Day

Today, July 1st, is ID Your Pet Day. Pets are more than four-legged roommates: they are our friends and companions, and they’re truly part of our families. It can be absolutely devastating to realize that a beloved pet has gone missing. While we hope that all of our furry patients stay safe and sound at home, we do always urge erring on the side of precaution. One way to do that is making sure your pet can be identified if he or she is ever lost. A local Bolingbrook, IL vet discusses pet ID below.

Microchips

Microchipping your furry companion is one of the best things you can do for them. A microchip is very small—about the size of a grain of rice—and can form a permanent link between you and your pet. Each microchip contains a unique ID number, which can be read with special scanners. That ID number correlates to your records in the chipmaker’s database. You’ll need to make sure your records are correct in the database, and update them whenever you move or change contact information. (Tip: try using the Pet Microchip Lookup Tool here to do that.) Ask your vet for more information.

ID Tags

Although microchips make the top spot on our list of suggestions, ID tags are also very important. In fact, this is the easiest way for someone to contact you if they find your furry friend. Plus, they are required by law in many places!

Crates/Carriers

We also recommend putting ID on your pet’s crate or carrier. This can be helpful if you ever need to travel with your animal companion. Luggage tags are great for this! You can also use mailing labels or index cards, though you may want to put some clear packing tape over them to protect them.

Precautions

As the saying says, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. If you have a cat, keep Fluffy safe and sound indoors. If you have a yard for your dog to play in, make sure the fencing is secure and that your gate latches securely. Also, keep Fido leashed whenever you take him off your property. Finally, get a few clear photos of your four-legged friend, angled from the front and side, just in case.

Does your pet need a microchip? Please contact us, your Bolingbrook, IL vet clinic, anytime.

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