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Pet Identification.

Pet identification comes in different forms, and can be instrumental in keeping your pet safe. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for pets to either run away or become lost. Even pets that are carefully contained and/or restrained on occasion can become separated from their owner. This is when identification is vital. The most basic level of identification is pet tags. A license and name tag on a collar can give a person the basic information needed to return a pet home. Typically this is particularly effective within one’s neighborhood or town, as a quick and easy reference. The problem with tags is that they are not permanent and a pet can slip out of its collars or the collar could be removed. Cats, in particular, can be quite adept at removing their own collar. Two more permanent forms of identification are tattoos and microchips. Tattoos are often done on the ear or leg. The tattoo gives the pet an id number that match up with their owner’s information in a registry. A drawback to tattoos is that they can fade in time and that the pet needs to be under anesthesia to be tattooed. Some also don’t like the idea of a permanent mark on their pet. Microchips can be a good alternative to tattoos. These microchips are remarkably small and are put into your pet via an injection, typically between the shoulder blades. The microchip holds an identification number that when scanned will be matched against a registry, similar to tattoos, that gives all the necessary contact information. The combination of microchip and id tag is commonly recommended. This dual form of identification gives you pet a much better shot at making it home safely if lost.





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