Identification and Insurance
Accidents happen and we usually can’t tell when! There are a number of pet insurance companies that are available on the market that can help, such as Pet Secure or Trupanion.
Pet insurance companies have various levels of coverage from limited to unlimited. Pet insurance policies vary in price according to the coverage that you choose. Some companies will not increase monthly payments, but coverage may decrease over time. Others will not decrease your coverage, however, the monthly fees may increase over time.
When considering a pet insurance policy, write down your initial goals for your pet, why you are considering a policy and what you are most concerned about. Then read through the policies carefully, keeping in mind your initial goals. We can easily be swayed one way or another, but if you have thought through ideas about what you want and can financially handle, then the decision can often be much easier.
There are different types of identification available for your pet. We provide a tattoo (at time of spay/neuter) and microchip (at 4 wks of age) for your puppy. Tattoos are easily read (they are found in the ear) by anyone, with out a microchip reader. When you register you pet with your local vet and your city, be sure to tell them your pet’s tattoo and microchip number.
Microchips are given to each Go Doodle puppy for pet ID purposes. They are the size of a grain of rice and are easily implanted under the skin at the base of the neck, between the shoulder blades.
This is a great solution if there is a dispute as to who owns a particular dog, as well as if your dog ends up lost and in a shelter. Identifying them and efficiently finding their home is a great deal easier.
Although using the microchip is a very useful solution, there are some things to consider:
- Not all shelters or vet clinics have the capabilities of reading the microchip. However, many more are coming on board all the time.
- Not all microchips or microchip readers are universal, meaning you may have put a microchip in you pet to protect and identify it, however, the reader that the shelter/vet clinic has may not be able to read that particular kind. There are various kinds of microchips out there, and it’s best to speak to your pet health care professional to decide which one is the best one for you and your pet.
- According to this pet recovery company, “studies have shown that less than 50% of microchips are ever registered by pet owners”, so asking for the details of registration and making sure the registration is complete prior to leaving the vet clinic or shelter is important.
There are communities that require you to register your puppy. You may need to check with your local Animal Services Agency to find out particular details (cost, age of license required etc.) The fees change from city to city, but there are some benefits to licensing your little one.
- It’s the law, and if you are caught without one, the fine can be double what it costs to get a license. So, save your money and get one.
- If you have licensed your puppy, if for some horrid reason, they get lost, the license can be traced back to you easily and puppy can be returned quickly.
Pet Driver's License :)
This is a fun way to identify your puppy! This company has made Pet Identification Cards to look like Driver’s Licenses for Canadian provinces/territories and American states. This does not take the place of a city license but, it a great conversation piece at the dog park. You get 1 dog tag and 3 key chain tags in one order. Check them out here.