Each year, approximately 10 million pets are lost, and approximately six to eight million animals wind up in the nation's animal shelters. Only 15 percent of dogs and two percent of cats in shelters without ID tags are reunited with their owners, according to the
"Losing a pet is a nightmare for any pet owner, but pets with ID tags and microchips are much more likely to find their way home to their family," said
By following four tips suggested by the
- Make sure your pet wears a collar with a current ID tag, rabies tag, and city/county license. Include a contact name, address, and daytime and evening phone numbers.
- Keep your pet's licenses, ID tag, and microchip current. Make sure to update the tag if you change your address or phone number.
- When moving or traveling, place a temporary tag on your pet with the phone number of someone who knows how to reach you. Remember that even indoor pets need tags. Many strays in shelters are indoor pets that escaped and got lost.
- Talk with your veterinarian about options for identification tags and microchips.
"As a leader in partnering with the veterinary community to help protect pet health, we know that the veterinarian is the best source of information and resources to help ensure the wellness and quality of life for our pets. Every Day is Tag Day serves as a great reminder that our pets' well-being is largely dependent on proper identification, and we encourage pet owners to take their pets to the veterinarian for the right tag or microchip," said
Henry Schein, Inc. is the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners. The Company also serves dental laboratories, government and institutional health care clinics, and other alternate care sites. A Fortune 500® Company and a member of the S&P 500® and NASDAQ 100® Indices, Henry Schein employs approximately 18,000 Team Schein Members and serves more than one million customers.
The Company offers a comprehensive selection of products and services, including value-added solutions for operating efficient practices and delivering high-quality care. Henry Schein operates through a centralized and automated distribution network, with a selection of more than 100,000 branded products and Henry Schein private-brand products in stock, as well as more than 150,000 additional products available as special-order items. The Company also offers its customers exclusive, innovative technology solutions, including practice management software and e-commerce solutions, as well as a broad range of financial services.
Headquartered in Melville, N.Y., Henry Schein has operations or affiliates in 29 countries. The Company's sales reached a record $10.4 billion in 2014, and have grown at a compound annual rate of approximately 16 percent since Henry Schein became a public company in 1995. For more information, visit the Henry Schein website at www.henryschein.com
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