A very basic yet effective and direct way to have your pet returned once found without an owner is to have your pet carry your information. You should get your pet a collar and a tag. When purchasing a name tag, you’ll be asked to provide what you wish to have written on it. It’s common for owners to have a pet’s name engraved; however, that may not be in your best interest. What’s more important to include which would actually help in case it gets lost is:
- Primary phone numbers
- Home address
- Pet’s veterinarian
- Microchip ID number
Some people are against having their pets wear collars, and thus cannot have tags on. If you’re against it and your concern is the possible harm to their neck and fur, we absolutely agree. And for that reason we’d like to mention how to properly do it. Having a collar strapped to a dog or a cat’s neck all the time is bad for their fur and may irritate the pet. The strap should be loosened up to 2 inches depending on the size of the pet and the length of its fur. The point of not having the collar tightened is to avoid possible harm. Also, we advise you to take off the collar when you’re safe at home and no outdoor activity is expected; have the collar, along with the tag, off before bedtime and put it back on before you start your day.
Tags and collars can be found at pet shops, such as PetZone – always try getting safety collars, preferably with embedded name tags.
A Microchip is an optional digital supplementary component that’s injected below the skin of a pet which holds a unique microchip identifier number for identification purposes. By having your pet microchipped, you will receive microchipping document specifying the identification ID of the injected microchip which would prove you are the owner and this pet is you. Microchips can be scanned with a microchip scanner which would show the identification serial number.
We advise to have your pet microchipped as a precautionary measure because microchipped pets are more likely to be reunited with their owners than the ones that aren’t. Found pets are usually scanned for a microchip ID to be able to trace back the owner. Sadly, we don’t have a nation wide microchip database; however, it can be traced by contacting veterinary hospitals here in Kuwait since they keep records of microchipped animals at their establishments. That is usually done by caring individuals who try to return animals to their owners or by animal shelters – in case the pet is found to be microchipped.
You can have your pet microchipped at about any veterinary hospital in Kuwait. The price ranges from one hospital to another but you can get it as cheep as 4KD at Al Rai Animal Hospital. Get in touch with veterinary hospitals in case you have inquiries.
Dogs and cats have a natural need of wandering off due to sexual needs. Male and female pets will search for a way out and will eventually leave your home to roam in search of a mating opportunity. They will wander off and will not mind going the distance even if it meant crossing roads and reaching foreign areas. The only way to eliminate this need is to have your male and female pets neutered and spayed, respectively. Yes, it does mean that your pet will not be able to reproduce but we believe that eliminating the risk of losing your pet and the possibility of it getting run over by a passing car is far more important than bringing newborns to this overpopulated world. Besides, there are other eye-opening benefits to spaying/neutering such as:
- reducing or eliminating the possibility of testicular/ovarian cancer
- reducing or eliminating marking behavior/heat cycles
- reducing the level of aggression and behavioral issues
- reducing the number of unwanted strays which lessens the possibility of animal accidents
- increasing the health and well-being
You can have your pet sterilized at most veterinary hospitals in Kuwait. The price ranges from one hospital to another, but the cheapest you can get it for is about 19KD at Al Rai Animal Hospital. Pricier options often provide better operations and professional execution of veterinary practices. Get in touch with veterinary hospitals in case you have inquiries. If the price worries you, think about how much you’ve already spent on your lovely pet and how much it means to you to not ever lose it.
Thank you for taking good care of your pet.