Identification Tags & Microchips
Many lost pets are not returned because of missing or incorrect forms of identification. For your pet’s safety, we recommend using both an ID tag and a microchip.
An ID tag should contain your name, phone number, address, and pet’s name. When traveling, consider adding an additional tag with the contact information of a local friend or family member. Tags on your pet’s collar make it easy for a finder to contact you. Even if your pet’s tags fall off, a collar lets everyone know that your pet has a family.
Pets may slip out of collars or lose ID tags, and a microchip is the perfect back-up plan. Microchips are about the size of a grain of rice and are placed under your pet’s skin. Injecting a microchip is very similar to administering a vaccine, so no pain medication is necessary. When scanned, the microchip gives a unique ID number that is linked to all of your contact information. Virtually all shelters and veterinary clinics are equipped with microchip scanners to help lost pets return home.
Microchips are available with your vaccine appointment, illness exam, or surgical procedure.
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