Losing your pet is one of the most heartbreaking things a pet parent can experience. Perhaps your dog ran off while at the park or the cat darted out the front door and you couldn’t catch him. It can leave you feeling helpless and alone facing an insurmountable task. Finding your pet when they are lost or missing is hard to do and for many pet parents can be a heart-wrenching experience. There are several options pet parents have to relocate a lost or missing pet.
An identity tag is a recommended first step. Having your pet wear a properly fitted collar with their vaccination tag from the veterinarian is an easy and fast fix. The tag can be traced back to your veterinarian who has a record of the tag’s information. The veterinary staff can quickly link the tag’s information to you, the pet owner, and make contact. Other identity tags can be made with your name, address and phone number, allowing people who find your pet to contact you directly.
Tattooing your pet is an option. Not as commonly talked about, pets can be tattooed using a special tattooing-ink pen you purchase. Similar to other forms of pet recovery, you register your pet with the national registry. Veterinary clinics and shelters know where to locate the tattoo marking and can call the registry to secure the pet parent’s contact information.
Microchipping your pet is another option in finding your pet. Microchipping your dog or cat is a simple procedure very similar to getting a shot. The veterinarian will inject a microchip for pets, about the size of a grain of rice (12mm), beneath the surface of your pet’s skin between the shoulder blades. It takes only a few seconds and your pet will not react any differently than they would to a vaccine. After the microchip is implanted, you register your pet. Once the process is complete, if your pet goes missing and is found, you can be contacted quickly through the microchip technology.
There is always the possibility of your pet being hurt or injured while lost or missing. Pet insurance will reimburse pet parents up to 90% of the veterinary expenses associated with most injuries such as lacerations or broken bones. With pet insurance, pet parents can focus on the recovery of their pet instead of the expense.
Pet parents have several choices in tailoring the pet insurance plan that best fits their pet’s needs with PetFirst pet insurance. Choices include selecting the reimbursement percentage, deductible amount and coverage limit, as well as add-ons for routine care, prescriptions, and food. For more information on pet insurance and PetFirst, visit www.petfirst.com or call 877-894-7387.