Keep your dog or cat from becoming a lost pet statistic! There are many ways to help make sure your lost pet is returned to you safely, but sadly, many pet parents don’t think about the possibility of losing a pet! Did you know one in three pets will go missing in their lifetime, and 90% of those without identification are never found? Those are some scary numbers!
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We are a lost pet statistic family!
This silly cat in the thatched roof bird feeder was our kitty Tom. Mom adopted him from a rescue organization in Germany when he was a young fellow. He must have been an outdoor cat as he insisted on going outside. If he was not allowed to go out, he would pee and poop in the house, which is why Mom finally let him go out. He always stuck close to home, and he enjoyed his indoor/outdoor life. Mom initially left Tom in Germany when we moved because she didn’t want an outdoor cat in the USA, but in January 2008 he joined us in Minnesota.
January was a shock to him. We remember the first time Mom opened the door. He hid for like three days after experiencing the -20 temperature! It was not his climate in the winter, but once spring hit, he went out. He hung right around our yard most of the time as he had done in our yard in Germany. One evening in September 2008, he was looking at Mom through the kitchen window from the deck, and that was the last time we ever saw him. He had no identification, and no one in our neighborhood had seen him. We looked for months with no luck. Mom never wants to lose a pet again as it is a tough, tough thing to get over.
How can you help your pet be found?
All pets should be microchipped. A microchip can’t fall off, or get damaged, but it does require a special tool to read the information. Regular collar tags are nice as they can provide a phone number, pet’s name, maybe an address, but in time, most of them get pretty scratched up and hard to read. The Smart Pet Tag™ makes getting a pet’s information much easier! Smart Pet Tags come in pink or blue, and two sizes to fit dogs and cats of all sizes!
How do you set up a Smart Pet Tag?
Once you purchase your Smart Pet Tag, it is time to set it up. To get started, you will need to download the free app onto your Android or IPhone.
Using the information on the front of your tag, you create an account for your tag.
What can you store in your profile?
The app assigns each tag number their own profile, so Bailie, Madison, and I each have a profile on our app. What goes on the profile?
- Pet’s name, photo, address, and a message about the pet and their personality. The profile also has space for two owners names and phone numbers (more numbers can be added to special handling). If these are mobile numbers, anyone that finds your pet can text you a map of the pet’s current position.
- Your pet’s health records including veterinarian information, medical history, immunizations, and lab work. This feature is handy if you are traveling or moving as you have everything right there on your phone.
How does the Smart Pet Tag work?
When someone finds your pet they can either scan the tag or enter the id at yourlostpet.com. They will see the profile that you setup, read the special handling instructions, and contact the you by phone. If using a smartphone, the person can text you a map of the pet’s current position (The phone uses GPS to get it’s current location assuming they are with your lost pet), and then wait for you to pickup your pet.
Why do you need a Smart Pet Tag
If you don’t want to become a lost pet statistic, you need to make sure your lost pet is found. Most pets are found within a few miles of their own homes, and the Smart Pet Tag would make it very easy to get your pet back.
- The Smart Pet Tag information is available online 24/7/365 unlike some chip or veterinary clinics one would need to reach for a chip or traditional tag.
- Your privacy is protected as the person who finds your pet has to log on to find out your contact information and the pet’s name.
- The contact information can warn the finder of personality or health issues with your pet.
- Maybe you are not with your phone, or your battery is dead. There is the second number spot so the pet finder can contact the second number listed.
- A map of your pet’s location can easily be texted to you for quick pick up of your lost pet!
- You can combine a chip, traditional tag, and the Smart Pet Tag for added security.
How to get a Smart Pet Tag!
How can you get a Smart Pet Tag for your pet?
- Head over to PetHealthLocker to order your Smart Pet Tag and use the promo code: SAVE for 20% off and free shipping through the end of 2016!
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Reilly-Denny Cowspotdogs says
those sound like a good idea – Mom has just updated our Micro chip info and next on her list was new tags
They are real nice and light weight too. You can really put a lot of info in your profile which is so helpful, and the QR scan is awesome!
Jan K says
This sounds really great. We lost our cat Tasha exactly the same way as you lost Tom. One day she just didn’t come home. It’s heartbreaking to never know what happened to them.
It drives my mom crazy wondering what happened to Tom.
I’ve got up a tag with my name, my mom’s name, and the peeps’ phone number on it, and I’m microchipped.
We’ve got that too, but this adds even more protection.
Sand Spring Chesapeakes says
awe poor Tom, sorry you lost him. What a cool id tag, thanks for sharing your story and showing us this neat product.
It is sad not knowing what happened to a pet, so we do our best to make sure we would all be found.
M. K. Clinton says
What a terrific idea! The boys have a very similar tag and it does add an extra sense of security although they aren’t allowed out of the yard without a leash. Nobody ever expects their pet to go missing.
We are always on leash too, but you never know when we might dig a hole, the gate may not be closed right, or who knows what. It is best to be over prepared and have us never go missing.
That is a cool tag idea and keeping things updated is super important!
It’s no help if someone finds a pet and the info on the tag is not current!
Caitlyn Orr says
Luckily I have never lost a pet. My cat Han snuck out one time but we never lose sight of him and we’re able to get him back every quickly.
Losing a pet is a terrible experience and if you never find them, you never forget. You are lucky.
Sandy Weinstein says
yes i have lost a pet for over 8 hrs. mu oldest loves to wonder and visit. i live in the country on 11 acres and she loves to visit the other dogs. she does not wonder as much now b/c she is almost blind, deaf and has a little dementia, but she still tries. abt a month ago, she took off around 7pm. she traveled over 1 mile and i finally found her in the briars, she had crossed over a cow field. i had to crawl under 4 barb wire fences and thru the briar patch. my legs were dripping blood. however, i was thankful i found her. it was abt 12midnite. i must have walked several miles. when i brought her back she got mad and tried to run off again. i think she was smelling the deer. i had never lost a pet permanently. i would be devastated and would never forgive myself.
So glad you got your precious one back. Mom would do anything to find us if we wandered off. I don’t know how many miles we put down looking for Tom. Katie, Mom, and I walked for hours, for weeks scanning our area for Tom but found no signs. We even checked backyard sheds everything, but nothing. It still haunts Mom that he disappeared, but he had to be outside and it was a risk.
Tails Around the Ranch says
Cool app. Both our poodles are chipped and have their tags proper and updated. We hope we never have to worry about relying on them but think it’s always better to be same than sorry. Happy weekend to all you girls, Emma. Enjoy the beautiful autumn colors.
We are chipped and tagged too, but one never knows and we like to be over prepared if something should happen.
Tenacious Little Terrier says
That’s terrible. We were walking past a cat today and the cat’s tags were jangling and I was thinking this was the first cat in a long time I’ve seen with ID. Mr. N is chipped and tagged.
We dogs have always been chipped and tagged, but the cats are normally indoors except for Tom. My current cats are chipped just in case.
Groovy Goldendoodles says
Now that’s what I call a “smart” pet tag!
The fact that you can store your vet records on it makes it so perfect for traveling.
Margaret Owens says
Hi my name is Angel my mama is great to my I love my tummy rubs she has me micro chipped. and carries a card in her wallet to let someone know I’m at home and where to take me if my mama hurt and cant come back home just yet. so I either go to grandma’s or to see my favorite dr at Shively Animal Clinic Dr. Joe. SHE makes sure I stay healthy
It’s always a good thing to be prepared.
2 Brown Dawgs says
They have so many cool collars and tags out now to help find lost pets.
Technology has really changed the pet tag scene!