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Did you know that an estimated one in three pets becomes lost at some point in its

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lifetime? Fortunately, having the right identification in place for your furry companion can increase its chance of being returned home. No ID? No problem – as the third week of April is Pet ID Week, now is the perfect time to give Fido or Fluffy proper identification.

Let’s start with the collar tag. First, does your pet have one? If yes, you’re off to a great start, but you need to make sure it includes all pertinent information. The most important piece is your telephone number. With that simple 10-digital number, your dog or cat will most likely be returned to you. The pet’s name and address can also be helpful but are not always necessary.

Tip: If it’s been a while since you’ve examined your four-legged friend’s collar tag, be sure that it’s not too worn and easy to read.

Next on the list is licensing. Dogs have an added advantage over cats in this category as many municipalities require dogs over a certain age to be registered with the county. Check with your local officials to learn more about your area laws.

Lastly, one of the best ways to protect your pet is by microchipping. A microchip is a small, electronic that is enclosed within a glass cylinder. The chip itself is only the size of a grain of rice and is placed under the skin with a hypodermic needle. The microchip is activated by a scanner and transmits an identification number. When a lost pet is taken to a shelter or veterinarian clinic, one of the first things they do is scan the animal for a microchip. If they find a chip, and it has accurate information, they can quickly find the owner. Read through more FAQs about the microchipping process.

To many of us, pets are not just animals that we feed and care for; they become an extension of our families. Keep them easily identifiable so if you ever do get separated, you will be able to help them find their way home.

Happy Pet ID Week from Lions Pride!