National Pet ID Week

April 17th – 23rd is National Pet ID Week!

National Pet ID Week is for seven days starting April 17th. This national week gives pet owners a great opportunity to make sure their pet’s identification is up-to-date. ID tags and microchips give lost pets the best chance possible to be reunited with their owners.

It is estimated that one in three pets will go missing at some point in their life. According to the ASPCA, “Approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.3 million are dogs and 3.2 million are cats. About 710,000 animals who enter shelters as strays are returned to their owners.”

How to Observe National Pet ID Week

Vets recommend every pet owner prepare for a lost pet. They say pet identification is a crucial step to keep pets safe. Even the most well-behaved cats and dogs can get lost, runoff unexpectedly or get separated from their owners.  Two popular ways to ID your pet, are to use a collar with a tag, and a microchip. Other identification methods include tattooing, QR Code Tags, GPS Collars, etc.

Collar tags are historically the most common, and the most recommended. Microchips are meant to be another level of protection, not a substitute. Pet owners can get personalized tags at local pet stores or online. This week, make sure your pet’s tags are correct and have the most up-to-date information on them. Also, check to make sure the information is readable and hasn’t been scratched or worn away. If you have “chipped” your pet with a microchip, this week is a good time to see that it is working and you are prepared to use it. Did you register your microchip? Do you have the microchip brand, the 1-800 number of the company, and the microchip number of your pet in an easily accessible place? These are all great questions to ask yourself, and ways to celebrate National Pet ID Week!

Use #NationalPetIDWeek and #PetIdWeek on social media to participate in the discussion

It’s Springtime – Get Ready To Ear Tag!

It is officially Springtime! Farmers and ranchers are gearing up to ear tag all the new baby animals that are about to be born.

Many baby animals are born in spring because spring provides better, richer food. This allows mom to produce quality milk for her baby. The temperature also starts to get warmer, making it is easier for babies to survive.

Ear tag regulations differ depending on the animal, and the state. For example, some animals need to have an ear tag applied by a certain age, or before they leave the farm. Most ranchers and farmers prefer to tag their baby animals within hours, to a few days, of them being born. It is easier to tag the baby as soon as it’s born because it’s easier to handle and get away from mom. This also allows farmers to keep track of which baby belongs to which mom.

Now that we are into spring, don’t forget to order your ear tags and wing bands! Order now so that your ear tags are produced, shipped, and in-hand ready to go for when those babies start dropping. We offer lots of different options for meeting your identification needs! Whether you just need an ID number, want to color coordinate, or need full customization, we can help.

Due to COVID-19, we are still open but have limited hours for April. Please see our home page for our new, temporary hours at www.nationalband.com.

 

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Every Day is Tag Day™

Here at National Band & Tag Company, we like to think that Every Day is Tag Day™!  This day was created by the American Humane Society and is celebrated on the first Saturday in April. Every Day is Tag Day™ unites thousands of animal control agencies, veterinarians, and humane organizations with the goal of urging pet owners to equip their pets with ID tags and/or microchips. Tags and microchips help maximize the chance of a lost pet returning home safely.

How to participate in Every Day is Tag Day™:
  • Make sure your pet always wears a collar with a current ID tag, rabies tag, and city/county license.
  • Include a phone number on their ID tag.
  • Keep your pet’s licenses, ID tag, and microchip current. Make sure to update the tag if you change your address or phone number.
  • Remember that even indoor pets need tags. Many indoor pets can escape and end up in the shelter.

 

You can order a personal ID tag at a local pet store kiosk, or online. You will receive a Rabies Tag from your veterinarian when your pet receives a rabies vaccination. City/County license tags are usually obtained through the county clerk’s office, animal control, or can be ordered online. Check for your local pet licensing requirements online. National Band & Tag mass produces blank tags for kiosks, and for individuals to personalize and re-sell. We also produce rabies tags for veterinarians and  license tags for cities and counties

rabies and license tag - Every Day is Tag Day™

Share with us in the comments, how do you plan to celebrate Every Day is Tag Day™?