Pet owners know that even though we take every precaution to keep our pets safe and close, they can sometimes slip through our fingers (and through open doors, over fences, under gates). With pet identification and registration, you stand a stronger chance of being reunited with your pet. With all the confusion that surrounds a lost pet, the more you’ve done to prepare for this in advance, the more likely it is that your pet can be found, identified and returned to you in good condition.
Tattoos - Most veterinary practices give pet owners the option of having a small tattoo made on the inside of a pet’s ear for identification purposes. This is an excellent form of identification, as it is relatively permanent; however, it is still best combined with other forms of identification.
Pet ID Tags - When your pet has been properly immunized (and/or licensed), your veterinary clinic will provide you with identification tags that include the pet’s ‘file’ number, vaccination records, and the contact information for the clinic. Again, these aren’t meant to work alone (as your pet can become lost without its collar) but in combination with other forms of ID, they are quite effective in locating and returning lost pets.
Pet Registry - Each kind of pet identification is most effective when combined with a registry.
Microchipping - Pet microchips are implants that provide permanent pet ID for your furry friend. When a scanner is passed over the pet, it transmits the microchip ID number which will help identify the pet. Because it’s placed under the skin, it is less likely to be lost or hard to read. However, like with other forms of identification, more is better! Even if your pet has a microchip, they should still wear an id tag and ideally, be registered with a pet registry service.