Tattoos provide a form of permanent identification that is easily recognizable to anyone who may find your lost pet. The tattoo is inscribed in the dog or cat's right ear. Each animal is given a unique number and a code that can be traced back to our clinic. Provided you keep your contact information with us up to date, your pet will always be able to be traced back to you if it is found by someone and that individual contacts a veterinary clinic or animal shelter.
Tattoos must be done under anesthesia so the best option is usually when your pet is being spayed or neutered.
The downside to tattoos is that they may fade over time.
Microchips are implanted under the animal's skin. Each microchip has a distinct serial number and must be registered with an online database hosted by the microchip company. It is the owner's responsibility to register this chip and keep contact information up to date.
Microchips can be implanted at any point by our veterinarian.
Microchips may migrate from the original site of implantation, and it must be remembered that only those individuals who have a microchip scanner (veterinary clinics and animal shelters, mainly) will be able to identify that your pet is chipped.
Often the best choice to ensure that your pet will be easily identified if he becomes lost is to give him both a tattoo and a microchip.