If you’ve ever lost a dog, you're not alone. An estimated one in three dogs will go missing at some point, and a majority of unchipped dogs won’t make it back to their original owners. So, although losing a pet is a common occurrence, taking a few simple preventative measures can give you peace of mind and help you bring your pup home if they become lost.
There are a few things you can do to make sure your dog can always find their way home, no matter how far they stray. Here’s what you need to know about keeping track of your dog wherever they are.
Did you know that your dog carries a form of ID with them all the time? It’s in the adorable wrinkles on their nose, also known as “cobbles.” Every dog’s nose makes a unique print — much like a human fingerprint. That’s why IAMS™ has developed a technology that uses this noseprint to help people who find a lost dog identify their owner. It’s called NOSEiD, and it’s free to use. Just download the app, scan your dog’s nose and enter your contact info. From that point on, NOSEiD will help you connect with the person who finds your dog.
Don’t wait. Keep your dog safe with a quick scan today.
When you adopt a dog, you’ll most likely receive some information on GPS microchips. The cost of a microchip is usually minimal, and the procedure to implant it is simple; chips are only the size of a grain of rice. When used correctly, they allow others who might find your lost dog to get in contact with you. If someone finds your dog, they just need to have the dog’s chip scanned at a vet’s office or animal shelter, which will bring up your information. Remember to update your contact info if you ever change addresses.
The last way to effectively prevent your dog from getting lost for good is to make sure their collar has an ID tag. Even though our other methods are more technologically advanced, a simple collar tag is a reliable backup precaution. You’ll want your dog’s ID tag to have a few pieces of information:
Scanning your dog’s nose, giving them a microchip and making sure they have a custom dog ID tag are all great ways to keep track of your pet, but there’s more you can do. If you’re interested in learning additional ways to keep your dog safe, take a look at our tips on pet safety outside the home and securing your yard.
How much do you know about the food you’re buying for your puppy? When shopping for puppy food, pay attention to these three sections of a dog food label.
This section lists all the ingredients that make up the product. The ingredients are listed in descending order according to weight before cooking. In dry food, look for a source of high-quality animal-based protein: chicken or lamb, for example. Dogs thrive on animal proteins.
Manufacturers who use large amounts of vegetable proteins might be saving money by providing basic — but not optimal — nutrition. You should also avoid artificial colors and flavors, which offer no nutritional benefits.
Near the ingredient panel should be a chart of percentages called the "guaranteed analysis." These figures reveal the basic nutrient makeup of the dog food's formula and protein content. The minimum percentages of protein and fat and the maximum percentages of fiber and moisture (water) should be listed.
This information must be included on the label by law. A toll-free number or web address for the manufacturer may also be listed. Manufacturers who list a phone number, such as IAMS™, generally have a high-quality product and welcome consumer calls and questions. If you would like information about IAMS products, visit our website or call us toll-free at 800-525-4267.