It is the beginning of a New Year, and dog licenses are up for renewal. If you don't get new tags, some states will give out a fine or charge more to license the pet after a certain amount of time. A license for your pet is just as important as a license for a human, because it gives other people information that is useful in an emergency situation. Having a name and phone number to contact you if your pet becomes lost can help the finder - whether a stranger or Animal Control. The State of California gives the option of a one year or a three year dog license, which is and inexpensive safeguard to ensure that your pet is kept safe. However, they also require that you have a proof of rabies vaccination before a license can be issued. Your local city or county may also issue dog licenses. Some, like Los Angeles County, also require you to provide proof of the dog having been spayed or neutered - something easily obtained from your vet. Taking care of these minor inconveniences can really help in the case your beloved dog goes missing.
The license and rabies tag should be fixed to the collar to show that your pet is up to date - having a rabies tag is required in every state. This is because without vaccination pets can contract rabies which can be spread to humans or other animals. Many warm blooded animals are vulnerable to the rabies virus. Rabies is a viral disease, transmitted by saliva (usually a bite!) that affects the brain can be followed by fever or a tingling feeling at the bite wound Vaccinations are VERY important in keeping you and your pet safe.
Another way of ensuring your pet's safety, besides licensing and vaccination, is to use a microchip. The "chip" is a small device implanted into the base of your pet's neck that can be scanned to pull up identifying information about the pet and the owner. "Chipping" is a very quick and simple process that can be done at your veterinarian's office within a matter of minutes. After that is done, you then register your pet online to activate the chip. You enter in the pet's name and description, contact information for the owner, and can even post pictures of your pet. One well known brand of microchips for pets is Avid. According to their website, “The Avid Microchip is a passive, integrated transponder that is about the size of a grain of rice (12mm) and is injected into animals with a 12-gauge needle”. Their website also states, “Registering your pet in a pet recovery database is the most important step in the microchipping process. Unfortunately, many pet owners forget or will not take the time or effort to register their pet” (Avid 1). This step is VERY important because without doing this, its almost pointless to microchip your pet. Another very important thing to remember is that if you move, change your phone number or other contact information; you must update it in the system - because if not, your pet might not be able to find you.
Zoe's vet is Dr. Jeff Werber, who is widely known and very experienced in the veterinary world. He owns a full service animal hospital called Century Veterinary Group which he owns a full service animal hospital called Century Veterinary Group which can assist with any of these things, as well as pet emergencies. So if you are in the Los Angeles area and are looking for a new vet to help with the proper care of your pet, be sure to check him out!
Taking care of an animal can require a lot of work, almost like caring for a child, but just like a child, making sure your animal is healthy, up to date on all shots and licenses, and can find their way home is important. These things should be checked into at least once and year. Hopefully this information was useful to our readers!