Friday, April 24, 2015
Let's start with collars and tags. A secure collar with a tag is one of the easiest ways to mark your pet with the deets that can bring it home to you, should that pet go astray.
In this photo, Liam wears a collar with his name, my address, and my phone number. And, he wears a tiny metal disk from the county, proving that he's been licensed as a companion pet. This is his uniform for our outings.
The identification tag is vital, because it contains all sorts of information about me. Anyone who glances at that thing will know just who to call, should Liam go missing. But that county tag is important, too.
In my county, dogs can't get licensed unless they're up-to-date on rabies vaccines. Liam's collar proves that I'm in compliance with the law, and it could keep him out of quarantine, if he gets loose and happens to nip someone out of fear. Everyone will know that he has his rabies protection, so the consequences he might face are a little less dire.
I'm a big believer in microchips like this. Collars and tags can slip and slide away, and they're not always appropriate for pets to wear around the clock. When my dogs go into crates, for example, I don't want them to wear anything that could catch on the bars. A mistake like that could cause them to strangle. So it's not at all unusual for the pets to run around naked in the house, as Sinead is doing here. If she runs out the door, her microchip will bring her back to me.
another blog post. But even with that limitation, they're still amazing little bits of pet protection. I think all pets should have them.
So, how will you celebrate National Pet ID Week? You only have 3 days left! Better run out and get a collar now!