Unfortunately, pets go missing all too often, sometimes returning home and sometimes they are not so lucky. Sadly, thousands of pets are lost or stolen every year and more than 70% of those never come home. 33 % of pets will get lost at least once in their lifetime. There are however, measures that can be taken to ensure that your pet does not fall victim to this scenario. There are methods of identification and tips of the trade for keeping your pet safe that will ensure a long and healthy bond between pet and owner.

The Rimbey Veterinary Clinic has numerous methods of ensuring that your pet is kept identified at all times. The more identification your animal has, the more likely you are to have your animal returned.

Methods of Identification

Collar ~ Collars can be made with your pets name and your phone number printed directly on them.

Name Tag ~ Engraved tags that are personalized with your pets name and your phone number are available locally at Scratchin’ the Surface. This way you may be personally notified immediately when your pet is found.

Rabies Tag ~ Uniquely numbered tag that you will receive with the rabies vaccination of your pet. This individualized number is kept on file at the vet clinic and may also be registered for free online for 24/7/365 access to anyone at getmehome.

Microchip ~ Tiny transponders that are the size of a grain of rice that use radio frequency to transmit a unique registration number to a scanner used at a veterinary clinic, rescue shelter or by a warden. They are designed to last for 25 years allowing your pet to be individually identified for its entire life. The registration number is kept on record at the veterinary clinic and also online with the microchip company so the animal can be reported 24/7/365.

Tattoo ~ A permanent marking made in your animals ear that requires anesthesia. The tattoo is a special series of letters and numbers to identify the place the tattoo was applied, a year and an individual registration number. The problem with tattoos is that they fade and are often illegeable.

No matter how you choose to identify your pet, the more methods you choose, the more likely you are to be reunited if they decide to tour.