Micro chipping is a way to permanently identify your pet and reunite you with your pet if you happen to get separated from each other. A microchip is a small electronic chip (about the size of a grain of rice) that is placed just under your pet’s skin between the shoulder blades, similar to a vaccine. If your pet becomes lost, veterinary clinics, rescues, and humane societies will scan your pet for a microchip. Each microchip has a unique identification number that links your pet to your contact details that are registered with the microchip company. Micro chipping may be done at any appointment.
Tattooing is another form of identification for your pet. A permanent ink tattoo is placed in either your pet’s ear if a cat or inner thigh if a dog and is a combination of numbers and letters. Like micro chipping, the combination of numbers and letters of the tattoo is unique and links your details that you register with the tattoo company. Tattooing can only be done on an anesthetized animal, so it is usually done at the time of a surgery or a dental.
For either of these services to be effective, it is imperative that you keep your contact information up to date with your veterinary clinic and the tattoo or microchip companies.