National Pet ID Week
Every year, everywhere around the world there are hundreds or thousands of pets missing. Let’s encourage the pet owners to be aware of using proper pet identification, it is very important to prevent potentially heartbreaking pet loss.
Identification tags are the easiest and reliable way of identifying your pet in case it is missing. The tag should include the name of your pet, owner’s name and address, and the most important owner’s telephone number.
Make it sure that your pet is always wearing the collar and ID tags. Check it regularly where there are some cases they can become lose. Use a proper collar that doesn’t slip off the head of your pet and it can hold the tags properly.
Microchip is the permanent proper identification for your pet. Microchip is a small, electronic chip that is about the same size as a grain of rice. The microchip does not have a battery, it is activated by the scanner that is passed the area where the microchip is located. The chip transmits the identification number to the scanner and displays the identification number on the screen of the scanner.
Microchip is injected under the skin using a hypodermic needle. No surgery or anesthesia is required. It is no more painful than a typical injection, the needle is slightly larger but now a day, there are some brands of microchip that are even smaller.
The microchip used in pets only contains the microchip identification number. And it is not a GPS that can track your animal in case if it is lost. When your pet is lost and taken to a veterinary clinic, one of the first things they will do is scanning your pet for a microchip, and if your pet is registered they can quickly find the pet’s owner. Don’t forget to register and keep your information always up to date. The best reason to have your pets microchipped is the better chance that you’ll get your pet back if it is lost or even stolen.
Once your pet is microchipped, there are few things you need to do,
- make sure the microchip is registered,
- at least once a year, ask your veterinarian during vaccination to scan your pet for the microchip to make it sure it is still functioning and can be detected,
- and keep your information up to date.
A tattoo is another permanent way of pet identification. A tattoo is reliable and cannot be removed. A tattoo can be applied in the pet’s ear, abdomen, or inside the pet’s thigh. Sometimes the tattoo can be difficult to find, it is necessary to clip or shave the hair away in order to read the tattoo.
In the UAE microchipping is the common way to identify pets.
Recently Dubai Municipality launched Aleef, a platform for current and prospective pet owners to better manage the roster of, adoption of and care of animals in Dubai.
What does Aleef do?
- It manages pet information (across public and private clinics) on-the-go.
- It enables a single and comprehensive source for adoption.
- It provides credible and relevant pet ownership information.
- It digitizes pet information and history
- It centralizes pet points of interest through integrated map functionality.
- It facilitates the reporting of found registered or stray animals.
Read more about the Aleef App
Ask our front desk to help you registering your pet on Aleef and increase the chance of finding back your pet when lost.
During the National Pet ID Week Al Barsha Veterinary Clinic offers a FREE Municipallity Tag with every Rabbies Vaccination (Pet needs to be microchipped). Call 04-3408601 for an appointment.