Today, April 1, is Every Day Is Tag Day. That may sound a bit like an April Fool’s joke, but it actually isn’t! ID tags may be small, but they are an absolutely must! Read on as a local Omaha, NE vet offers some tips on your furry buddy’s tags.
You can customize Fido and Fluffy’s tags any way you want. While it may be cute to add the dozen-or so nicknames you have, it’s more important to provide pertinent information, such as your phone number, address (if you choose), and your furry pal’s name and medical info. We would recommend adding at least two numbers, so there is a back up contact there in case you can’t be reached by phone.
Don’t Skip The Chip
Tags are crucial, but microchips are the other half of that safety net. Collars and tags can come off, or be removed, whereas microchips are permanent. They also hold up in court. If your furry buddy hasn’t been microchipped yet, make that appointment right away! It’s also important to keep your records up to date in the manufacturer’s database. (Tip: Try using the AAHA Pet Microchip Lookup Tool here to check your records.)
Offer A Reward
Did you know that offering a reward greatly increases the odds of someone returning your furry best friend? We would definitely recommend adding something about that to the chip info. That one word could someday make a huge difference!
Just like almost everything else these days, Fido and Fluffy’s tags have gone high-tech. GPS collars have hit the market over the last few years, and can be an absolute lifesaver. Just do a bit of reading and research before you order one. These can vary quite widely as far as different options and features. Look into things like subscriptions, battery life, waterproofing, range, and the technology used. You can also find tags that incorporate QR codes.
Get A Great Collar
You’ll also need a good collar to hang those chips off! The collar should fit comfortably. (Tip: you should be able to fit about two fingers beneath it.) If you are concerned about the possibility of Fido and Fluffy getting caught on something, and possibly choked, opt for a breakaway collar.
Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your local Omaha, NE animal clinic, today!