Pet Identification Tags
Pet ID tags are the most reliable way to
ensure your dog or cat makes it home safe and sound. Each tag displays your animal's name, his license number and your phone
number. If your animal does become lost, the idea is that the person who finds him or her will call to tell you their location
and arrange a reunion.
Pet Identification: Microchips
A more modern version of traditional
identification, microchips are implanted under the skin. The chip contains the same information as a regular tag and is read
using a specialized scanner. Collars and pet ID tags should still be used for those animals who are "chipped." A collar and
tag instantly marks an animal as "owned," so that he's not mistaken for a stray if he ever finds his way to a shelter.One
of the drawbacks to microchips is that identification of your pet can only be made using the scanner designed to read the
chip that's implanted, and not all shelters carry all the different types of scanners. In addition, a microchip may require
one or two additional visits to the vet every year to make sure the chip is still positioned correctly and functioning properly.
Although you'll never have to
worry about a lost tag or having a microchip shift out of place, tattooing is an invasive and unpleasant method of identification.
The biggest problem is that it's impossible to update your contact information when changes are made without significant discomfort
to the animal.As with microchips, maintaining traditional forms of identification for additional protection is a good idea.