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  IDENTIFICATION FOR YOUR PET
Article By: Niki Elliott        Publish Date: 2006-07-15

Identification for Your Puppy

By Niki Elliott

Losing a puppy can be heartbreaking, and never finding your puppy even more distressing. Wondering where he is, is he being cared for properly? Is he alive? Phoning the shelters to see if they have your puppy.  

Different methods of keeping track of our furry friends have been developed. In the past we had licence tags, but now law no longer requires that. Some dogs are tattooed for nationwide identifying, and some dogs have an individual tag on their collar with their Vetsí or their owners phone number on. While very handy, these options are, by no means, permanent. Collars and tags come off, telephone numbers change and tattoos can be altered with ink, or eradicated completely with deep scarring or even, in the case of ear tattoos, cut off totally. That’s a scary thought.

Then there is microchipping. This procedure is no more painful than a vaccination, and carried out the same way. A tiny capsule, about the size of a grain of rice, is injected under the flap of skin on the back of the puppy’s neck. Veterinarians and shelters are provided with a scanner that reads the digital number on the chip inside the capsule. If your pup is picked up as a stray and he is microchipped, a quick phone call to the microchip company, who will have your information, providing you have kept your details up to date, and your pup will soon be home safe.

A microchip is completely permanent; it cannot be cut off or altered. If your pet is stolen, or sold to a research facility he will be returned. Research facilities will NOT take any dog or animal that has either a tattoo or a microchip implanted.


Although more and more breeders are microchipping their puppies before homing them, there are still plenty more who do not. If your puppy comes without a microchip, take him to your Vet immediately and have it done. Unfortunately there are still a lot of shelters that do not have scanners, and pets that are picked up by good Samaritans rather than somebody with scanner access. Even so, your chances of finding your puppy are greatly increased if they are microchipped.

 

Niki Elliott is a Certified TTouch Practitioner Level 2, and can be contacted at niki.elliott@wol.co.za Niki gives regular puppy classes

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