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  • Catt MorettiCatt Moretti Newport BeachPosts: 4Member
    edited 14 December, 2010
    Do you know: One in three pets will get lost in its lifetime. Most of the lost pets found wearing a proper tag WILL get home. There are numbers of ways to prevent your pet get lost. Below are important tips for pet owners. 1. Pet ID tags. A good one. Collars and Tags are a reliable way to identify your pet. A collar worn for purposes of identification must stay on the pet as long as it is in a situation where it could get lost. ID tags for dogs and cats are your first line of defense for your pet, should they ever get lost. Pet ID tags are the most efficient and affordable way to recover your pet in a quick and efficient manner. Many times helpful people take the dog in but do not know how to contact an owner looking for the dog. Have your dog\'s name, your name, address and phone number put on the tag. Make sure everything is current and up to date. State your pet is on medication and reward if found will help too. 2. Microchip your pet. The microchip has many uses but when AKC(American Kennel Club) adopted it for the Companion Animal Recovery (CAR) program pet owners were given a new way to protect their pets. This technology can be used in any kind of animal at any age and it will last for their life. The microchip is an effective form of permanent identification. It is slightly larger than a grain of rice and is placed just under the skin by a veterinarian. Your pet wouldn’t feel it. It is unique because it has an anti-migration cap that helps prevent movement within the pet\'s body. Each chip is encoded with a unique and unalterable identification code that can only be activated when read by a scanner. For these reasons, the AKC recommends the HomeAgain® microchip, which is marketed by the Schering-Plough Animal Health Corporation. 3. License your pet. Contact your local animal-control agency for licensing information. Licensing is an important means of identification and can help you find your pet if it becomes lost. License revenues are a vital means of support to help the Department promote and protect human and animal safety. Animal licenses may be purchased by completing the license application form and mailing it, along with the license fee payment, proof of rabies vaccination and proof of sterilization, to the address on the application. You may purchase a designer tag by completing this additional form and submitting it with the license application. 4. GPS (Global Positioning System) dog collar tracking devices. If your pet is a super navigator, and really like to run away if he/she get loose.GPS will help you find out whether your pet is roaming around the house or while he is away on the woods on his own during family camping trips. These GPS trackers will transmit images to you through a portable receiver the longitude and latitude location of your pet. It doesn\'t matter if there are buildings or trees that surround the area where your pet is located. With a GPS cat tracker, you can be sure that your pet is not prone to any stray animal attack or that he is not in an accident prone area, where he is in constant risk of being hit by passing vehicles. You can be assured that they are safe and nobody is about to take them off to a faraway place. The best thing about GPS trackers is that they are more like a mobile phone service; it is easy for you to check on the monitor for your pet\'s location and it sends you an update every now and then. There are even other GPS tracking system that you can connect on your PC; with this, you will have the chance to see your pet in a larger screen. That is just like with the help of Google Atlas. 5. Tattoo your pet. Pet tattoo helps protecting your pet with a permanent registered serial number. That is what Tatoo-A-Pet does. The tattooing method is painless and you can choose any number up to 12 digits other than the default coded system. With their 24 hour hot line, they can locate the owner of a found pet within minutes of having received a call. It helps saving your pet from being euthanized, brought into a strange home or sold to experimental boratories. 6. DNA. The most certain method for individual ID is a DNA profile. This does not give instant ID of course because a second DNA profile would need to be run to confirm ID. But for legal claim on a found dog whose ownership is in dispute, this is the strongest claim. 7. Nose Print Nose prints are another ideal way to identify a pet because each nose is unique -- just like human finger prints. Prints from the paws of a dog\'s foot aren\'t as reliable as a nose print. The process to obtain a nose print is painless and easy to perform. For the nose print to be an effective identification tool, you need to have a copy before your dog gets lost. Nose prints can be a safer, easier way than micro-chipping to identify your pet. Microchips are invasive and can malfunction or become dislodged. Please be informed that the nose print has been approved as proof of identity by the Canadian kennel club as early as 1938. A company in United States of America has come out with a product that can identify the dog by its nose print. The name of the company is “ID systems integrators”. They seemed to have developed a technique called “Dog nose ID”. Using this technique the company confirms that it ca n provide painless, noninvasive and tamper proof record, permanent in nature, for each and every dog.
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