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With more than 10 million American pets missing every year, many are never found because they have no form of identification. If your dog disappears, outfitting him now with one or more of these identification methods could improve the odds of a safe return.
Include your name and multiple phone numbers, such as home, cell and office, to make it easier to be contacted.
Before purchasing and having this rice-grain size chip implanted under your dog’s skin, make sure local animal shelters and animal welfare agencies have a compatible scanner to detect and read that microchip brand.
Placed under the ear, belly or inner thigh, your pet’s tattoo should be registered with your vet or the specialist who applied it.
Global Positioning System (GPS)
This technology locates pets by satellite, conveying information to owners via cell phones or the Internet.
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)
These gadgets, which can also be attached to collars, utilize telemetry – remote transmission of your dog’s location – and radio frequency, which is picked up by a handheld receiver.
Other identification options:
It is also important to note that dog owners who wish to enroll their dogs in the Canine Health Information Center (CHIC), a centralized health database sponsored by the AKC Canine Health Foundation and the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals, must have a permanent method of indentification for their dogs. For more information on CHIC and the indentification requirements visit www.caninehealthinfo.org.
Taking proactive identification steps has proved successful in locating missing pets: According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy, only 15 to 20 percent of dogs are returned to their owners. Most were identified with tags, tattoos or microchips.
In this podcast we bring you an interview with Dr. Tim O’Brien, professor of veterinary anatomic pathology at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. O’Brien was funded by CHF to establish a laboratory-based system for understanding cancer stem cell development.
This podcast was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust, a KeyBank Trust.