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Dear Daisy Dog

My dog Murphy has diabetes, which is controlled with insulin. I live in fear that someday she will get lost, and while waiting to be reunited with me, she’ll miss her insulin injections and get very sick.

Murphy has a microchip and wears an ID tag on her collar. Is there anything more I can do?

Daisy Responds

If I had diabetes, I’d want my collar embroidered with the word “Diabetes” and my telephone number – and I’d want it to sport some extra bling.

One jewelry option is a pet health alert tag, much like the medical alert bracelets some humans wear.

Murphy’s tag would say “diabetes” and carry a unique identification number with an Internet address, www.pethealthalert.com.

Then, if Murphy gets lost, the person or shelter who finds her simply logs on to the Web site to learn about her medical needs and how to reunite her with you.

An alternative is a KoogaTag, a tiny, waterproof USB device that clips onto the collar and carries the same information.

Anyone without a computer who finds Murphy would call the toll-free number on the KoogaTag for her medical and contact information.

To learn more, see www.koogapet.com or call 1-800-351-1312.

April 5 is Tag Day. Celebrate by ensuring that Murphy’s regular ID tag is legible – and consider an embroidered collar and one of these special tags.

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