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Keeping Fido Safe: 6 Options We Love


No one ever wants to lose their dog. It’s a gut-wrenching, heartbreaking situation NO dog- owner wants to ever experience.

But the truth is, dogs get lost, or stolen, or pull a “Houdini” from their escape-proof backyard.

On National Pet Day, we wrote about protecting your dog and always keeping your contact information up-to-date to ensure the safe – and quick – return of your dog in the event they become separated from you, your home or even a temporary caretaker.

We also recommended using a combination of pet ID options (since physical ID tags can be lost or become too worn to read):

  • Implanted microchips (usually between the shoulders);
  • Permanent tattoos (on the inner ear flap, stomach or inner leg);
  • QR Code ID tags readable by personal cell phones; and
  • Facial recognition technology (offered by companies like FindingRover.com and PetRecognition.com).

But the reality remains that people who find a lost dog will always look for a physical tag first. So we did some research and found some unique and even fun options we absolutely love!

(Note: We have not been compensated or solicited by any of these Etsy artists to promote their products. All recommendations are our own.)

Six Options to Keeping Fido Safe

We love this physical reminder to check for a microchip! All four sides can be personalized. Find this ID tag at www.Etsy.com/Shop/DogsRCool.




This “slide-on” collar ID tag is probably one of the most secure ways to use an ID tag. (Note: This tag does not work with collars that have plastic buckles.) Find this ID tag at www.Etsy.com/Shop/DogIDs.



Here’s another great example of a secure ID option. Laser-engraved on the actual collar buckle, there’s no free-hanging tag to get lost. Find this ID tag at www.Etsy.com/Shop/PupPanache.




No your dog can’t really drive, even with this tag, in California or anywhere else! But this durable pet tag is a cool twist on the human driver’s license! Find this ID tag at www.Etsy.com/Shop/WagAvenue.




This is one of the safest options we found for collar tags … adjustable leather collars with embossed leather ID tags riveted to the collar. Find this ID tag at www.Etsy.com/Shop/DogDogGoose.



Ok, there’s nothing high-tech or lost-proof about this dog tag; we just LOVED (and identified with) the message! Find this funny ID tag at www.Etsy.com/Shop/FireflyLaneStamping.


Fireworks are no laughing matter for your pet …

FireworksThe 4th of July is a festive holiday of fun, sun, BBQ’s and of course, awe-inspring fireworks! But, as you make your plans for the upcoming holiday, what are your plans to keep your pets safe, happy and secure?

  • First, leave your pets at home and inside a quiet and escape-proof room; one with closed and covered (or better yet, no windows; dogs have been known to go through windows when frightened and trying to escape). Pet-proof the room from anxious chewing or potential hazards if your pet does become anxious or fearful. Even the most well-trained, calmest dogs (and cats) can do unexpected things when afraid.
  • NEVER leave your pets in your car.
  • Keep pets away from all alcohol, hot BBQ’s and food (including condiments like mustard (induces vomiting) and ketchup (induces vomiting, fever, weakness and collapse).
  • Keep holiday decorations out of reach (including fireworks and glowsticks).
  • Consider using a Thundershirt to help keep your dog calm.
  • Use a dogsitter to keep your dog company.
  • Make sure your dog can access their “safe place” (crate) and leave a frozen kong toy filled with peanut butter to keep them busy and distracted from the loud noises outside. Do NOT crate an anxious dog as this may escalate their fear and frantic attempts at escaping.
  • Play soothing music or “white noise” to help drown out loud noise.
  • For animals with severe anxiety during the 4th of July holiday, talk to your vet about potential medication or homeopathic options to help keep them calm.
  • Make sure your pet has ID tags and is microchipped in case they still find a way to run away.

Love Dogs AND Apps? You’ll Love these Dog Apps!

PhoneAppsForDogsStaying connected to your dog has never been easier with the latest Apps for dogs and their owners!

Who hasn’t wondered what their beloved K9 is doing all day while they are at work? Now iCam can solve that mystery .. yes, there’s an App for that!  iCam works with your home computer’s webcam and sends a live feed to your iOS or Android phone for real-time spying!

PetMD is a fantastic website with tons of resources and now they’ve have an App for finding pet-related services in your own neighborhood. Find dog walkers or dog parks; veterinarians or dog groomers. This iOS App puts it all at your fingertips!

It can be hard enough to remember your own doctor appointments or medication schedules. So how can you remember the same for Fido? Pet Phone App to the rescue! It syncs with your iOS phone’s calendar to give you reminders so you never forget again!

An emergency is never easy and even less so when it concerns your beloved dog. Install the Pet First Aid App on your phone (iOS or Android) and have instant access to articles, how-to videos and illustrations to help you successfully maneuver any first-aid emergency.

RunningDogAs most of us already know, dogs are notorious escape artists and wanderers and there’s nothing worse than discovering your pet is lost! Tagg is a tracking App that can make finding your pet much easier and faster. Attach the GPS-based device to your dog’s collar and the App will help you track down your dog without driving around for hours yelling their name, losing your voice and giving your neighbors something to complain (or gossip) about!

Subscribe to our blog and learn about more dog-friendly Apps in the near future. Or suggest your own favorite Dog App in the comments below.