Have you ever lost a pet? They got out of your front door, backyard or car and ran. Or, worse, someone stole your animal. The fear and panic we feel knowing our loved one is missing, cold, hungry, scared and that we may never find them. Don’t put yourself through that unnecessary experience.

According to the American Humane Association, in the U.S. every year over 10 million dogs and cats are lost or stolen in the U.S. every year. During their life, one in three pets will become lost at some point.

National Pet I.D. Week – April 14th – 20th

During National Pet ID Week, take the time to update your pet’s information, put the information in a safe location and check out other methods to identify and keep track of your beloved pet. If your pet went missing, would someone be able to quickly identify your dog or cat and return them to you safe and sound? A big issue when a pet goes missing is that there is no easy way to identify that pet and return them to their owner.

Methods to identify pets

Personalized ID Tag

Your pet should always wear an identification tag. Microchips are another valuable resource in locating your animal, but the ID Tag can help someone instantly contact you just by seeing a phone number to call on the tag. I.D. tags are, by far, the most common and quickest ways to identify a pet. These super popular and handy accessories can be found at nearly any major retailers that carry pet goods or the pet store.


Get a microchip for your pet. ID tags can be removed or fall off. A microchip is a tiny electronic device which is injected under the skin. So, if a shelter, veterinarian or animal-control officer locate your pet, they can wave a scanner over the chipped area and find the pet’s unique identification number. When they put the number into a database, you and your pet will be reunited.

Microchips are probably the most reliable way to make sure that your pet can be identified by a rescuer or veterinarian that comes in contact with them while they are lost. The actual process of microchipping your pet is relatively painless and, once installed, need to be registered with the microchip company.

Keep information current

Keep the microchip information up-to-date. If you move or if your phone number changes, make sure you update the microchip company.

State and Rabies Tags

In the State of Florida, it is required by law to it is required by law that each dog, cat and ferret over the age of 4 months receive a rabies vaccination, even if they are “indoor only” animals.

When you take your pet to the vet for a vaccine, they will give you a Rabies Tag. This tag includes the tag number and a certificate from the county/state. You can call that county that issued the tag and provide the tag number. The county/state should be able to find the pet in their records.

State License

These are a great, and sometimes mandatory, way to I.D. your pet. These forms of I.D. will generally have more information about your pet such as color, breed, and microchip number if available. State licenses are usually cheap and are sometimes required by state law to be registered. Please check with both your local and state governments to ensure that you are carrying the proper identification for your pet at all times.

Make sure you can locate your pet if they ever go missing. Contact your local veterinarian to get your animal a microchip and other items they need to be found. Animal Care Center in Smyrna, GA, is owned and operated by Otto H. Williams, DVM. The veterinary practice specializes in complete healthcare for cats and dogs and offers services including preventative, surgical and nonsurgical care, internal medicine, grooming and boarding to Cobb County and surrounding cities such as Vinings, Marietta, Mableton and Sandy Springs. Call today at 770.438.2694 or request an appointment.