10 Apps for Dog Lovers


07.17.2014 | 03:38 pm

Do you want to teach your dog a new trick? There’s an app for that. Do you want to find dog-friendly hiking spots, yep, there’s an app. What about a social media network where your canine buddy can keep up to date with his doggie pals? Of course.

Our smartphones are woven into our lives, and there’s an abundance of useful, pet-friendly apps just waiting for you to tap into!

Here are 10 apps for dog lovers:

-Dogs Monthly- The mobile form of Dogs Monthly Magazine, you can find interesting articles, up to date doggy advice and inspiring stories about our four legged friends.

-Dog Friendly – Looking for a little dog-friendly al fresco dining? This app will show you pet-friendly restaurants, hotels, beaches and other public places anywhere across the US and Canada.

-Dogbook – Yep, Facebook for dogs. Just create a profile for your dog complete with photo and friend away. There’s also a function that shows you the location of the nearest dog parks so you can schedule play dates with local pooches.

-Bring Fido – Planning a vacation with your dog? Bring Fido will help you scope out hotels, transportation and activities you can do together, and they have suggested locations worldwide.

-Pet First Aid – You don’t want to have to use this app, but if Max gets into the antifreeze or eats that candy bar, you’ll have emergency care tips at a moment’s notice.

-My Pet’s Records—This app stores your pet’s medical records. No more relying on the veterinarian to keep track of Lucy’s last kennel cough shot. You’ll have it all on your phone.

-Perfect Dog- Thinking about getting a dog? This app will take you through the temperament and maintenance requirements of different breeds to help you find the right dog for your family.

-iClicker – Whether you want to teach Max the essentials or want to practice for some serious viral YouTube videos, iClicker will run you through the dog training basics and advanced skills alike.

-The Daily Puppy – The name says it all. Check out this app for your daily fix of cuteness.

-Pet Care Services – Do you know where the nearest emergency hospital is should you need it? Do you need a groomer? This app will help you find services for all your pet care needs.

Ask the Vet: July 2014


07.17.2014 | 01:02 pm

Q. We have a 14 mo. old Black Lab mix (we think Coon Hound).  He barks quite a lot for no apparent reason–not all day, but a lot.  Any suggestions?

Every dog will bark to some degree. Some hound breeds bark more than others. Excessive barking is certainly annoying and should be controlled. The first step is to determine what has caused the dog to bark and then work to reduce the urge to bark. Protection of territory, fear, alarm, boredom, play, attention seeking, and other reasons can trigger a barking episode. It often takes a good deal of time to solve a barking issue so don’t give up. Shouting can encourage barking so speak calmly. Try saying “quiet” in a soft manner and when the dog responds, reward him with praise and maybe a treat. There are often local pet training classes that you could seek for help as well.

Holistic Select is on Instagram!


07.17.2014 | 10:50 am

Now that we’re on Instagram, we welcome you to join in on the fun! You can visit the Instagram app on your phone, search @holisticselect under users and “follow” our account. Then, stay tuned to see adorable dogs and cats, giveaways, behind-the-scenes photos and more in your Instagram feed! If you don’t use Instagram on your phone, you can still keep up by checking out our account, here.

Fourth of July Pet Safety Tips


07.02.2014 | 03:50 pm
Fourth of July Safety Tips
Whether it’s the Fourth of July, New Year’s Eve or a community celebration, it’s important to keep your pets safe from the hustle and bustle of the holiday. Loud noises, fireworks and bright flashing lights can put stress on your furry friend. The following tips will help you make sure your companions are comfortable and content while you enjoy yourself:
Keep your pets indoors
Unless you have the toughest dog around, most pets are anxious around loud noises. If your dog is crate trained, put her in her crate, cover with a blanket and toss in her favorite stuffed animal or a treat-filled toy.  If your pet likes to hide under the bed or in the closet, let her do so. Leaving the television or radio on can distract from the fireworks.
Have your pet properly identified
Animal Control states that there is a 30% increase in lost pets the first week of July. Always make sure your pet is micro chipped and has a collar with proper identification listed including their name, name of owner, phone number and address. Animals found running at-large may be taken to the local animal shelter, where they will have the best chance of being reunited with their owners if they can be identified.
Lighter Fluid, Matches and Citronella candles are dangerous
Lighter fluid is dangerous to pets and can be irritating to skin. If ingested, it can produce gastrointestinal irritation and central nervous system depression. Chlorates found in matches are a harmful chemical substance and if ingested, can cause your pet difficulty breathing, can damage blood cells or even cause kidney disease. Citronella candles contain oils that produce stomach irritation and  central nervous system depression. And if inhaled, the oils could cause aspiration pneumonia in pets.
Keeping cool during the hot summer
Pets overheat easier than humans. Animals are susceptible to heat stroke, just like people, a condition that can be lethal for dogs. Be sure your pet has plenty of shade and cool water, and limit outdoor playtime and exercise. Cool wet towels wrapped around your pet can help to bring down body temperature.

Fourth of July Safety Tips

Whether it’s the Fourth of July, New Year’s Eve or a community celebration, it’s important to keep your pets safe from the hustle and bustle of the holiday. Loud noises, fireworks and bright flashing lights can put stress on your furry friend. The following tips will help you make sure your companions are comfortable and content while you enjoy yourself:

Keep your pets indoors

Unless you have the toughest dog around, most pets are anxious around loud noises. If your dog is crate trained, put her in her crate, cover with a blanket and toss in her favorite stuffed animal or a treat-filled toy.  If your pet likes to hide under the bed or in the closet, let her do so. Leaving the television or radio on can distract from the fireworks.

Have your pet properly identified

Animal Control states that there is a 30% increase in lost pets the first week of July. Always make sure your pet is micro chipped and has a collar with proper identification listed including their name, name of owner, phone number and address. Animals found running at-large may be taken to the local animal shelter, where they will have the best chance of being reunited with their owners if they can be identified.

Lighter Fluid, Matches and Citronella candles are dangerous

Lighter fluid is dangerous to pets and can be irritating to skin. If ingested, it can produce gastrointestinal irritation and central nervous system depression. Chlorates found in matches are a harmful chemical substance and if ingested, can cause your pet difficulty breathing, can damage blood cells or even cause kidney disease. Citronella candles contain oils that produce stomach irritation and  central nervous system depression. And if inhaled, the oils could cause aspiration pneumonia in pets.

Keeping cool during the hot summer

Pets overheat easier than humans. Animals are susceptible to heat stroke, just like people, a condition that can be lethal for dogs. Be sure your pet has plenty of shade and cool water, and limit outdoor playtime and exercise. Cool wet towels wrapped around your pet can help to bring down body temperature.

Ask the Vet: June 2014


06.04.2014 | 09:30 am

Q. Have you any advice for the owner of a large-breed geriatric dog suffering from arthritis?  I have tried a number of things already, including adding Glucosamine and Chondroitin to his food.

A. You can help alleviate your dog’s discomfort by ensuring that your dog maintains a slightly lean body condition. Also, regular exercise is essential, even for dogs with arthritis. Arthritis is a painful disease of the joints, but since the muscles support the joints they need to be kept in shape. Rather than heavy exercise, I would recommend that you take your dog for a regular walk every day, going at his pace. This will help maintain muscle tone without overexertion.

Glucosamine and Chondroitin are good supplements along with Omega 3 fatty acids which have anti-inflammatory properties. I encourage you to work with your veterinarian to determine the correct dosage of these supplements.

Nutrition also plays a role in helping to maintain lean body condition. Holistic Select Senior Health Chicken Meal & Rice Recipe is a lower-calorie,  meat-based diet which includes the supplements mentioned above.  You may still need to supplement your dog’s food, but I would recommend discussing this with your veterinarian.

NEW Grain Free Wet Recipes for Cats


06.03.2014 | 02:35 pm

Coming soon you’ll find NEW Holistic Select Grain-Free wet recipes for cats. Featuring prebiotic support, herbs, botanicals and premium proteins, our unique grain-free can recipes help deliver optimum, natural nutrition for daily whole-body health.
You can review the recipe ingredients below:

Grain-Free Chicken Liver & Lamb Pâté Recipe

Ingredients

Chicken, Chicken Broth, Chicken Liver, Lamb, Dried Egg Product, Ground Flaxseed, Potassium Chloride, Apple Powder, Cranberry Powder, Pumpkin Powder, Chicory Root Extract, Taurine, Cassia Gum, Xanthan Gum, Salt, Choline Chloride, Tricalcium Phosphate, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Blueberry Powder, Papaya Powder, Pomegranate Powder, Magnesium Stearate, Vitamin E Supplement, Peppermint Leaf Powder, Cinnamon, Fennel Powder, Thiamine Mononitrate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Niacin Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin, Potassium Iodide, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid.

Grain-Free Ocean Fish & Tuna Pâté Recipe

Ingredients

Ocean Fish, Chicken, Salmon Broth, Chicken Liver, Tuna, Dried Egg Product, Ground Flaxseed, Potassium Chloride, Apple Powder, Cranberry Powder, Pumpkin Powder, Chicory Root Extract, Taurine, Cassia Gum, Xanthan Gum, Salt, Choline Chloride, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Blueberry Powder, Papaya Powder, Pomegranate Powder, Thiamine Mononitrate, Magnesium Stearate, Vitamin E Supplement, Peppermint Leaf Powder, Cinnamon, Fennel Powder, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Niacin, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin, Potassium Iodide, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid.

Grain Free Salmon & Shrimp Pâté Recipe

Ingredients

Salmon Broth, Salmon, Chicken, Chicken Liver, Whitefish, Shrimp, Dried Egg Product, Ground Flaxseed, Potassium Chloride, Apple Powder, Cranberry Powder, Pumpkin Powder, Chicory Root Extract, Taurine, Cassia Gum, Xanthan Gum, Salt, Choline Chloride, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Blueberry Powder, Papaya Powder, Pomegranate Powder, Thiamine Mononitrate, Magnesium Stearate, Vitamin E Supplement, Peppermint Leaf Powder, Cinnamon, Fennel Powder, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Niacin, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin, Potassium Iodide, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid.

Grain Free Chicken Pâté Recipe

Ingredients

Chicken, Chicken Liver, Chicken Broth, Turkey, Ground Flaxseed, Tricalcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Apple Powder, Cranberry Powder, Pumpkin Powder, Chicory Root Extract, Taurine, Cassia Gum, Xanthan Gum, Salt, Choline Chloride, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Blueberry Powder, Papaya Powder, Pomegranate Powder, Magnesium Stearate, Vitamin E Supplement, Peppermint Leaf Powder, Cinnamon, Fennel Powder, Thiamine Mononitrate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Niacin, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin, Potassium Iodide, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid.

Grain Free Turkey Pâté Recipe

Ingredients

Turkey, Chicken Liver, Chicken Broth, Chicken, Ground Flaxseed, Potassium Chloride, Apple Powder, Cranberry Powder, Pumpkin Powder, Chicory Root Extract, Taurine, Cassia Gum, Xanthan Gum, Tricalcium Phosphate, Salt, Choline Chloride, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Blueberry Powder, Papaya Powder, Pomegranate Powder, Magnesium Stearate, Vitamin E Supplement, Peppermint Leaf Powder, Cinnamon, Fennel Powder, Thiamine Mononitrate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Niacin, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin, Potassium Iodide, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid.

Grain Free Turkey & Salmon Pâté Recipe

Ingredients

Turkey, Chicken Liver, Turkey Broth, Whitefish, Salmon, Ground Flaxseed, Potassium Chloride, Apple Powder, Cranberry Powder, Pumpkin Powder, Chicory Root Extract, Taurine, Cassia Gum, Xanthan Gum, Salt, Choline Chloride, Tricalcium Phosphate, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Blueberry Powder, Papaya Powder, Pomegranate Powder, Thiamine Mononitrate, Magnesium Stearate, Vitamin E Supplement, Peppermint Leaf Powder, Cinnamon, Fennel Powder, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Niacin, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin, Potassium Iodide, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid.

Grain Free Chicken, Whitefish & Herring Pâté Recipe

Ingredients

Chicken, Chicken Liver, Chicken Broth, Whitefish, Herring, Ground Flaxseed, Potassium Chloride, Apple Powder, Cranberry Powder, Pumpkin Powder, Chicory Root Extract, Taurine, Cassia Gum, Xanthan Gum, Salt, Choline Chloride, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Blueberry Powder, Papaya Powder, Pomegranate Powder, Thiamine Mononitrate, Magnesium Stearate, Vitamin E Supplement, Peppermint Leaf Powder, Cinnamon, Fennel Powder, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Niacin, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin, Potassium Iodide, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid.

NEW Grain Free Wet Recipes for Dogs


06.03.2014 | 02:20 pm

Coming soon you’ll find NEW Holistic Select Grain-Free wet recipes for dogs. Featuring prebiotic support, herbs, botanicals and premium proteins, our unique grain-free can recipes help deliver optimum, natural nutrition for daily whole-body health.
You can review the recipe ingredients below:

Grain-Free Chicken Pâté Recipe

Ingredients

Chicken, Chicken Liver, Chicken Broth, Chicken Meal, Whitefish, Ground Flaxseed, Cassia Gum, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Apple Powder, Cranberry Powder, Pumpkin Powder, Canola Oil, Chicory Root Extract, Choline Chloride, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Blueberry Powder, Papaya Powder, Pomegranate Powder, Thiamine Mononitrate, Magnesium Stearate, Vitamin E Supplement, Peppermint Leaf Powder, Cinnamon, Fennel Powder, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Cobalt Proteinate, Niacin, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Potassium Iodide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid.

Grain-Free Beef Pâté Recipe

Ingredients

Beef, Beef Broth, Pork Liver, Whitefish, Chicken Meal, Ground Flaxseed, Dicalcium Phosphate, Cassia Gum, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Chloride, Apple Powder, Cranberry Powder, Pumpkin Powder, Canola Oil, Chicory Root Extract, Salt, Choline Chloride, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Blueberry Powder, Papaya Powder, Pomegranate Powder, Thiamine Mononitrate, Magnesium Stearate, Vitamin E Supplement, Peppermint Leaf Powder, Cinnamon, Fennel Powder, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Cobalt Proteinate, Niacin, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Potassium Iodide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid.

Grain-Free Lamb Pâté Recipe

Ingredients

Lamb, Lamb Broth, Lamb Liver, Pork Liver, Whitefish, Chicken Meal, Ground Flaxseed, Potassium Chloride, Cassia Gum, Xanthan Gum, Salt, Apple Powder, Cranberry Powder, Pumpkin Powder, Chicory Root Extract, Choline Chloride, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Blueberry Powder, Papaya Powder, Pomegranate Powder, Thiamine Mononitrate, Magnesium Stearate, Vitamin E Supplement, Peppermint Leaf Powder, Cinnamon, Fennel Powder, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Cobalt Proteinate, Niacin, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Potassium Iodide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid.

Grain-Free Duck Pâté Recipe

Ingredients

Duck, Chicken Liver, Duck Broth, Chicken Meal, Ground Flaxseed, Cassia Gum, Xanthan Gum, Dicalcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Apple Powder, Cranberry Powder, Pumpkin Powder, Chicory Root Extract, Choline Chloride, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Blueberry Powder, Papaya Powder, Pomegranate Powder, Magnesium Stearate, Vitamin E Supplement, Peppermint Leaf Powder, Cinnamon, Fennel Powder, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Thiamine Mononitrate, Cobalt Proteinate, Niacin, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Potassium Iodide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid.

Grain-Free Turkey & Duck Pâté Recipe

Ingredients

Turkey, Pork Liver, Turkey Broth, Duck, Chicken Meal, Ground Flaxseed, Cassia Gum, Xanthan Gum, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Apple Powder, Cranberry Powder, Pumpkin Powder, Chicory Root Extract, Choline Chloride, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Blueberry Powder, Papaya Powder, Pomegranate Powder, Magnesium Stearate, Vitamin E Supplement, Peppermint Leaf Powder, Cinnamon, Fennel Powder, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Thiamine Mononitrate, Cobalt Proteinate, Niacin, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Potassium Iodide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid.

Grain-Free Salmon, Mackerel & Whitefish Pâté Recipe

Ingredients

Salmon, Chicken Liver, Salmon Broth, Mackerel, Whitefish, Chicken Meal, Herring, Ground Flaxseed, Cassia Gum, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Chloride, Canola Oil, Apple Powder, Cranberry Powder, Pumpkin Powder, Chicory Root Extract, Salt, Choline Chloride, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Blueberry Powder, Papaya Powder, Pomegranate Powder, Thiamine Mononitrate, Magnesium Stearate, Vitamin E Supplement, Peppermint Leaf Powder, Cinnamon, Fennel Powder, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Cobalt Proteinate, Niacin, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Potassium Iodide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid.

Ingredient Spotlight: Papaya


06.03.2014 | 02:03 pm

Papaya is a fiber-rich tropical fruit that high in Vitamins A, C & E, Carotenoids, and other antioxidants, which all promote eye health, blood vessel integrity, and joint function.

Papaya also contains the enzyme papain, which supports digestion of protein and works with papaya’s fiber to maintain a healthy intestine tract.

This beneficial ingredient can be found in Holistic Select dry dog and cat recipes, as well as in our NEW grain free wet food for cats and dogs.

Thanks for reading!

New Holistic Select Grain Free Dog & Cat Cans Coming Soon!


06.02.2014 | 10:35 am

With the continued growing interest and popularity of grain free options for pets, we are excited to announce the introduction of our NEW Grain Free cans for dogs and cats.

Featuring prebiotic support, herbs, botanicals and premium proteins, our unique grain-free can recipes help deliver optimum, natural nutrition for daily whole-body health.

New Holistic Select Grain Free Canned Dog & Cat Recipes feature:

  • Protein-rich, savory pâté
  • Herbs & botanicals such as pumpkin, papaya, pomegranate and peppermint
  • Prebiotic support from chicory root extract for healthy digestion
  • No grains, wheat, soy, corn, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives
  • Complete & balanced recipes – feed alone or use as a topper/mixer with dry food

Holistic Select Grain Free Wet Cat Food:

Available in 7 Tasty Varieties!

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  • Chicken Pâté
  • Chicken Liver & Lamb Pâté
  • Salmon & Shrimp Pâté
  • Ocean Fish & Tuna Pâté
  • Turkey & Salmon Pâté
  • Chicken, Whitefish & Herring Pâté
  • Turkey Pâté

Available in 3 oz, 5.5 oz & 13 oz easy-open cans

Click here to view ingredient information for our new grain free wet cat recipes

Holistic Select Grain Free Wet Dog Food:

Available in 6 Tasty Varieties!

  • Chicken Pâté
  • Lamb Pâté
  • Beef Pâté
  • Duck Pâté
  • Salmon, Mackerel & Whitefish Pâté
  • WRK_HolSelectCan_Lamb_13ozTurkey & Duck Pâté
  • Available in 13 oz easy-open cans

    Click here to view ingredient information for our new grain free wet dog recipes

    Our new grain free cans will begin to appear on shelves in the late Spring/early Summer.

    With the introduction of our new grain free cans, we will be discontinuing our existing Holistic Select dog and cat cans. We are confident your dog or cat will enjoy our new grain free cans and guarantee your satisfaction with our Holistic Select product guarantee. Although transition to the new grain free cans is not necessary, we encourage a gradual introduction of the new recipes whenever possible. To transition, gradually mix in the new food over a 5-7 day period, increasing the amount of the new food each day, so that you are feeding 100% new by day 7.

    If you have any questions you can reach us directly at 800.225.0904, Mon – Fri, 8 am- 5 pm ET.

    National Pet ID Week: 5 Options for Pet Identification


    04.24.2014 | 04:05 pm

    It’s a pet parent’s worst nightmare–your pet gets out and goes missing. You can cover the light poles with flyers, post on Facebook and missing pet forums and call the shelters. Yet, if your pet has more than one form of ID, you increase your chances of reconnecting quicker.

    In honor of National Pet ID Week, here are five ways you can ID your pet and give yourself peace of mind.

    1—Microchipping – a microchip is placed under the skin of your dog or cat and kept in a database. Shelters and veterinarians will scan lost pets for a microchip and if found, they’ll search a database like Home Again to find a match. A research study found that dogs with a microchip are 2.5 times more likely to get home and cats are 20 times more likely to be reunited with their pet parents. Microchipping runs around $20-$50 plus the cost of the vet visit. There may be an additional fee for the database.

    2- ID tags – ID tags are probably the simplest and quickest option around. Check your pet’s tags. Are they up to date? Are they easy to read? If you’ve moved or changed phone numbers, Fido may need a new tag. You can order new tags online or get them at most pet stores. Prices vary.

    3—License your dog – most states require dog licenses. You’ll get a license tag to add to your dog’s collar. Then, if you are separated from your pet, animal control can check the license and contact you directly. In some cases, this can prevent a dog from spending  a night in the shelter. Check with your local animal control shelter. Licensing fees will vary.

    4- GPS Collar— Just like it sounds, it’s a collar with GPS. You can track your pet through the computer. Some will even alert you if your dog goes out of a designated area (like the yard). This way, you’ll know which direction Max went and how far away he is. The cost is $150+

    5—Tattoo—Some pet organizations offer tattooing. Your pet gets a unique number and you update your address and phone # within a central database like the National Dog Registry. Cost? Roughly $10-$20.

    Combine multiple options for your pet’s safety should the unthinkable occur.