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Keeping Fido Safe: 6 Options We Love

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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.

 

Happy National Pet Day!

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Welcome to 2016 National Pet Day!

Did you know that National Pet Day was created in 2006 by Colleen Paige, a pet and family Lifestyle Expert and Animal Welfare Advocate?  As we honor the joy our pets contribute to our daily lives, make sure your pet is safe and secure as a way to celebrate your precious family member(s).

puppy-288965_640Each year, thousands of dogs (and other pets) are lost or stolen. Are you prepared if your dog wanders away from his home? Or is stolen out of your own backyard? Or becomes separated from you in the event of an emergency or disaster?

Does your dog carry permanent ID that could help return him to the safety of your home and keep him out of shelters as an unclaimed stray that could face euthanasia?

As we recognize National Pet Day today, take the time to make sure you’ve registered your pet and if you have, ensure your contact information is up-to-date (especially your phone number and address) so you can be reached quickly.

Today, there are many different types of pet ID available, including:

  • ID and license collar tags;
  • 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).

Whatever option you choose to use (and we recommend a combination of several options in case physical tags get lost), make sure it’s done (and current) today and keep your pet safe and in your life for a long time after National Pet Day has come and gone.

(Article from the April issue of the Cold Noses Newsletter)