Losing a much-loved dog can be a traumatic experience. But there are many ways to increase the likelihood of getting him back
Nobody wants to think about losing their puppy, yet it’s a sad fact of life that puppies do get lost. So if your dog ever goes missing, you’ll want to know you’ve done as much as possible to ensure he is returned home to you as soon as possible.
To begin with, buy your puppy a collar and some form of identification (your dog’s name, your telephone number). Tags are a popular and easy way to identify your pet. There are abundant options in colours, shapes, and sizes to fit your dog's needs and personality.
The problem with tags is that they can fall off or be removed. Microchips, on the other hand, are more permanent.
Contained in a capsule, the microchip is a small chip coded with your contact information or an ID number. About the size of a grain of rice, it's injected under your pet's skin (usually into the soft scruff of the neck) with a needle – a procedure that is no more uncomfortable than a regular immunisation shot.
Your information is then entered into a national database so that if your puppy is lost, identification is easy. Council rangers, dog pounds and rescue organisations like the AWLA or RSPCA have scanners that read the chips, allowing you to be contacted.
Keep your contact details up to date
It's important to keep your contact information current. If you move or change phone numbers, don’t forget to update your registration information.
In certain states (Victoria, for example) it is now compulsory for all newly registered dogs to be microchipped. Check with your local vet for costs and more information. Get more tips on how to take care of your new puppy.
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The Purina PetCare Advice Centre brings together a team with in-depth knowledge, experience and special interests with the skills to advise about health and nutrition, behaviour, training, socialisation, as well as basic first aid for your cat or dog. Our team of dedicated pet lovers can also provide information about Purina products and services to help you give your pet the best possible care. If you've got a question about any aspect of pet care, then ask the Purina PetCare Advice team.