Be Prepared

Things you need to do before your dog or cat is lost.
Hopefully, your dog or cat will never be lost. But, accidents happen. Someone leaves a door or gate open and that may be all it takes.

The normal reaction is panic, unless you’ve made a”just in case” plan in advance.

There are a number of things you can do ahead of time so if your pet is lost, you’re prepared to spring into action.

Microchip
Get your pet microchipped. A microchip is a tiny chip, about the size of a piece of rice, that contains a number. The chip is injected, using a syringe, between the animal’s shoulder blades. The chip’s number, along with the animal’s description and the owner’s contact information, is registered with the microchip company. The chip, which stays in the animal’s body, cannot fall off or get lost. Best of all, almost every animal shelter and veterinarian’s office has a scanner that can read the chip. If your dog or cat is lost and winds up at a shelter or vet’s office, the information on the chip will ensure that you will be notified.

Read more at
http://petcare.suite101.com/article.cfm/microchippetidentification

http://www.petplace.com/dogs/microchipping-for-your-dog-s-safety-2/page1.aspx

Photo
Take pictures of your pet. If your dog or cat is ever lost, you’ll need a good picture to put on flyers and posters. Make sure the photo is clear, and make copies in black & white as well as color. If you ever need to make lots of copies, black & white is much less expensive, and you’ll want to know in advance that your photo clearly shows any markings that would help in identification. Make sure you keep your photos up to date. Puppy and kitten pictures may not show how your older animal looks now.

Contact List
Get out your phone book and make a list of nearby shelters and veterinarians, with phone numbers and addresses. If your pet is ever lost, these are the places you’ll be visiting with your flyers.

ID Tag
Invest in an identification tag, including your current phone number, and attach it to your pet’s collar. (Cats should only wear breakaway collars for safety.) Then put the collar on your pet and keep it on.

Get more information and a kit, with the items you’ll want to have on hand, at
http://identapet.com/index.html

Pet ID Kit, Recovery Aid & Preparedness Packet

  1. 1. Identification Kit
  2. Lost Pet Recovery Aid
  3. Emergency Preparedness Packet

IdentaPet offers pet owners an:

IDENTIFICATION KIT like those for our Children. Package includes our “U PURRsonalize It” ID/Photo Tag for INSTANT protection and a detailed Description Form that once completed even a stranger will recognize YOUR pet!

RECOVERY AID with Fill in Phone Directory, Tips & Strategies and our PROFESSIONALLY Designed Reward Flyer. All “MUST HAVES” should your pet be lost, missing or stolen.

PREPAREDNESS PACKET in case of EMERGENCY or AWAY TIME from YOUR Pet. Ensures EVERYONE will know how to care for YOUR pet the way that YOU care for YOUR pet. Includes a convenient POCKET to keep your furkid’s current photo and other important records. We also protect your pet while traveling with our one of a kind “My Pet is Traveling With Me” Car Hanger for crate or visor. Our ASPCA Static Cling Window Decal is another pet essential! And our “I Have Pets at Home” Key Tag, Wallet Card and Magnetic Card all have Emergency Information for BOTH your PET and YOU!