Written by Christine Durrant, Professional Dog Trainer and Pet Care Consultant
I’ve found so many stray dogs over the years! Just the other day, I found another - the little guy in this photo. I would say 50% of the time the dogs I find have no collar and 60% no microchip either. It’s frustrating because it could be very simple. Taking a stray dog to the shelter is traumatizing for them. PLEASE BE SURE YOUR PET HAS ID – Microchipping is best.
I’d also like to provide information on what to do if you find a stray and also a bit of discussion regarding whether or not to have your dog microchipped or wear a collar with id tags.
If you find a stray:
For your own dog – should you microchip or have your dog wear a collar with tags? The answer depends on your dog…my dog has both but he is 15 and lays around a lot so I am not concerned about his collar.
If your dog is in a yard, is young, rambunctious, crated or wrestles with another dog while you are away it’s not always safe for them to be in a collar - unless it is a breakaway style collar. Collars carry a very small but real risk of a getting stuck on a fence or crate or on a dog’s jaw or neck (if caught on something - especially in a metal crate or when wrestling). So, it may be best to have a collar with tags handy for walks AND to microchip your dog.
All pets should be microchipped! You just never know when or how they might get out and it’s very affordable at $45.00 most places. Talk to your vet or google Microchip Clinics in your area for a quick, easy way to chip your pet.