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Protect Your Pet: Pet Licensing 101

Why License your Pet?
Pet licensing is important because it helps reunite families and bring wayward animals back to their loving homes. It also helps keeps rates of rabies and other infectious diseases low by requiring that each licensed pet over 4 months of age be vaccinated. These pet licenses hold personal pet information, as well as how to get in touch with the pet’s owner if necessary.
 
 
 

 

 

     
 
Where to license your pet?
Depending on where you live, licensing for both dogs and cats may be a mandatory part of pet ownership, while other areas only require licensing for dogs. If you’re wondering where to go in order to get your pet’s license, simply typing the name of your city or county into your favorite search engine followed by "pet licensing" is likely to yield results. Another alternative is to contact your veterinarian or pet care provider, who will be more than happy to help you complete the process.  
 

 

     
What materials do you need to license your pet?
In order to have your pet licensed, you must complete the license application and have it approved. In addition, you must have certification that proves your pet is up-to-date on his or her rabies vaccinations, and that he or she has been spayed or neutered.
 
 
 
       
              
When to license your pet?
In most areas, a pet’s license must be renewed each year. This is to make to certain that all information is kept up-to-date, as well as to ensure that your pet’s rabies booster vaccination is current.
 
       
Go High Tech for extra protection
High-tech tags, such as PetHub’s Digital Pet ID Tags, have a QR code embedded in the tag that when scanned by any smartphone displays your contact information, as well as critical pet data, such as your pet’s license and rabies ID. This information will allow animal control or a Good Samaritan who finds your pet to contact you, reuniting pet and owner fast.
   
 
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