Ways to Identify Your Pet

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Losing a pet can be devastating, and unfortunately, most animals are adept at escaping the house and yard when something tempts them to explore. The good news is that you don’t have to rely on luck and missing posters if your pet gets lost. Your veterinarian can offer tips for identifying your pet if he or she ever goes missing.

A collar with an ID tag is an important first line of defense for lost pets, but there is more you can do. Tattooing is an option that is useful for some animals, but veterinarians do express concern that tattoos can smudge over time or that there may be duplicate numbers. Microchipping may be the most reliable pet ID method. Your veterinarian will place a small chip—smaller than a grain of rice—that stores your contact information under your pet’s skin. If your pet becomes lost, the chip can be scanned at any vet office and most animal shelters so that you can be reunited. Most recently, pet GPS tracking devices have become affordable for ordinary pets and people – see Whistle and Pod for more.

For advice about pet identification and other useful pet health information, including advice on dog and cat neutering and pet dental services, contact Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. Make an appointment for your pet at our AAHA accredited animal hospitals near Dallas by calling (972) 239-1309 for north Dallas or (972) 529-5033 for the McKinney/Frisco area.

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