It's crucial for your pet to have identification so he can be returned if he gets lost.

Here are two popular methods:

  • Collar tags. The most common and visible form of I.D., a tag simply attaches to your dog's collar to display the dog's name and your phone number. But your pet must wear his collar at all times, and it's always possible that it or the tag could detach.
  • Microchips. The size of a grain of rice, it's implanted under the dog's skin (no anesthesia or surgery is required). It contains an alphanumeric code that can be read by animal shelters equipped with a hand scanner. The shelter then notifies the chip manufacturer that the pet has been found, and the manufacturer contacts the owner.

Because a microchip could go undetected, supplement them with a collar and tag.