Are your doggie’s ID tags up to date? Would you know where to find proof of his vaccinations if you needed it? If your best friend got lost, would you have a current photo that was a good likeness? We all get busy and no one likes to entertain the possibility of an unexpected crisis, but with a little planning, you can be ready for the unexpected — just in case.
Double-check Your Dog’s ID Tag
First off, double-check your dog’s ID tag for a current phone number. Is the license tag still readable or do you need to order a new one? In Colorado, license tags are required to be worn, but check with your local county government for current dog tag laws and requirements.
As for identification, clever and cool looking tags are all over the internet. Try custom tags from etsy.com or one of the many pet boutiques listed on Google. And for those who don’t like the jingle jangle of metal tags, there are tiny waterproof pouches (made just for carrying multiple pet tags) that connect to collars and harnesses with a hook or jump ring.
While we’re on the subject, would it be easy to access your pet’s vital information. Let’s face it: dogs can pull out of their collars, collars can get hooked on a bush and tags can be lost. Hopefully, you have all of doggie’s info in a hard file somewhere or scanned into your computer, but have you thought about getting something on your phone? You certainly don’t need a complete history on your phone, but it is a good idea to have the vitals.
Additional Tag Information
- Pet’s Name
- A current photo of just your dog; a close-up that shows his face and any unique markings.
- License info
- Vaccination info
- Microchip info
- Vet’s name and phone number
- and any important health information like allergies and medicines that you might forget under stress.
If you have some facts on your phone, you’ll have immediate access if and when you might need it — whether you want to reassure someone that your dog’s shots are up-to-date or you want to show doggie’s photo to someone helping search for him. If your dog gets spooked by another animal and takes off down the trail, you’ll want to show a good (a really good) photo to everyone you encounter.
With info on your phone and tags on your pet you’ll be ready for any occasion.