It’s not a question one thinks to ask… but it does need asking. And there are actually two scenarios one needs to consider. Firstly, what happens if you’re in an accident and your pet is with you. And secondly, if you’re in an accident and your pet has been left at home.
Either way, it’s worth considering carrying information about your pet on you at all times. Give the emergency services a chance to ensure they are looked after during a crisis.
An ICEtag for you
Consider this: You have a pet, and you pop out to the shops. An act of misfortune causes you to have an accident and you end up in hospital unconscious. What’s going to happen to them if they’ve been left at home waiting for you?
People usually think of ICEtags and medical bracelets as something to communicate information purely about themselves. However, if you have dependents at home – and that most definitely includes a pet – then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t communicate this too. A note to say you have an animal, with a contact number of someone who can get into your house, will give you peace of mind.
ICEtags for pets
And then taking that thought one step further. Whether they are with you, or at home whilst you’re out, if you have an accident an ICEtag worn by your pet can carry very useful information. Micro-chips do have a role to play, of course, but scanners aren’t always to hand. Ensuring that your dog, for example, is wearing an ICEtag will make it quick and easy for the emergency services to contact someone to come and look after them.
And that’s not the only reason they’re useful. Animals have medical conditions too, of course. And if you’re unable to communicate during an accident, an ICEtag on their collar will make a difference to how they are treated.
So, if you’re now beginning to see what a good idea an ICEtag is for your animals, what should you do?
Information to include on a pet ICEtag
Many people recommend that the pet’s name isn’t included on the tag. It makes it easier for the animal to be stolen because they are more cooperative when their name is used. It’s also recommended that you don’t put your full address on there either – that’s an invitation for a burglar to get to know your ‘guard dog’. However, by law any dog in a public space has to have the name and address of the owner, so many suggest that the house number and the postcode is enough to satisfy legal requirements. It’s also then wise to include any medical information and alternative contact details, as we’ve already highlighted above.
If you’d like to find out more about ICEtags for pets, please do get in touch. It’s a great way to give yourself peace of mind.