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ID Your Dog this Holiday Season

Author: MayaAndPierson
December 15, 2010

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This is a busy time of year.  Despite the cold, you are going out for shopping more than usual.  Perhaps you are even doing more volunteer work this holiday season.  You are out doors putting up Christmas decorations.  And you are visiting family and friends more.  During this crazy time, you can lose track of things.  You might forget to close the front door all the way, or the front gate.  And out Rover goes to do some visiting of his own.

Or perhaps you are visiting family and friends and taking Rover with you.  Other people may not be used to closing your parent’s front gate or making sure Rover doesn’t get out.  Rover is in unfamiliar territory which makes him more inclined to go check out the neighbor’s Christmas decorations.

With these things in mind, it is very important that Rover is wearing his dog tags.  Be sure Rover’s dog tag information is up to date and that the information has not worn off with wear and tear.  Make sure his dog tags are secure on his collar.  Replace the metal ring the dog tag is attached with if it is bent or rusty.

Dog tags or dog collars can sometimes still come off.  So you may want to also consider microchipping for your dog.  It is super easy for your vet to do and takes just a few seconds.  It is no more painful to Rover than it is for him to get his vaccinations.  Microchipping is also fairly inexpensive –about $25-$40 per year.  If your dog is microchipped, make sure the contact information on the scan is accurate.  And if not, call the company which logs the microchipped information and have your name, address, and/or phone number updated.  Add emergency contacts as well.

Don’t let your dog get away from you this Holiday Season.  Whether your dog stays home or your dog travels with you, make sure he is always carrying his identification.  Dog tags and microchipping will increase your pet’s chances of getting back home in time for the holidays.

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