A common concern among petkeepers is that they'll get separated from their pet while traveling. But there are many ways, both traditional and high-tech, in which we can identify our pets as individuals, ensuring that lost pets find their way back to us -- no matter where we happen to be. Marc explains a few of the most popular ID methods.
With dogs, the most obvious form of identification is the dog tag. But over time, the information on those tags fades or becomes out-of-date. If you're going on a trip with your pet, make sure your contact information is accurate and legible. Better yet, create a vacation pet tag for your dog.
Pet birds are commonly identified with leg bands. There is no national registry that keeps track of this information; it's just a way to help you identify your bird if it flies away and winds up at, say, a police station or animal shelter. While traveling, be sure to bring along your bird's leg-band information -- the band's color, which leg it's on, and the number -- to ensure a speedy reunion.
A newer means of identifying our pets is the microchip, a small gadget about the size of a grain of rice that can be injected under the skin of any animal by a veterinarian. Even if your dog jumps into a stranger's car at a rest stop and travels thousands of miles away, a vet or shelter employee can access your contact information using a microchip scanner.
Learn more about pet identification microchips.