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Many of the veterinary services we provide and recommend here at Best Friends Animal Hospital are preventative in nature -- important "just in case" steps to safeguard animals against situations that threaten their future well-being. We regard permanent pet identification as one of those essential preventative veterinary services. If your pet wanders away from home, you need to know that he can always be identified and reunited with you, even if he loses his tag or collar. That's why our veterinarian in Winnipeg (Dr. Sra, Dr. Tait or Dr. Drain) is happy to provide microchipping or tattoo pet identification for your furry family member.
Why go to such lengths to identify your pet when you've already equipped with him with a lovely collar and dog tag listing his name, contact information and vaccination updates? The problems with these accessories is that they can be torn off when an animal is squirming through a fence, exploring dense underbrush or escaping a conflict with another animal. Once that tag is gone, your pet becomes completely anonymous. Any family may pick him up and claim him as their own, while an overburdened animal shelter may only be able to keep him alive and well for a limited period of time -- with no way of finding his owner.
Permanent pet identification isn't a replacement for tags, but it is a highly recommended supplemental measure. Each method has its own special appeal. Microchipping involves inserting a tiny transponder chip under the pet's skin near the shoulders. The chip contains a unique ID number that is registered with a pet recovery service, along with your contact information. When an animal shelter worker or veterinarian in Winnipeg scans your pet's shoulders, the scanner activates the chip and receives the ID number, allowing you to be contacted through the recovery service. Tattoo pet identification involves tattooing the ID number on your pet, preferably in a non-hairy location such as the earflap.
Both of these methods are quick and easy. Microchipping is a non-surgical process, with the transponder injected through a needle. Tattooing is done under general anesthesia; in fact, we're happy to do it free of charge during spaying or neutering at no extra charge. Either method can make all the difference between bringing your pet back home again or leaving him to an uncertain fate.
Whichever method or permanent pet identification you choose, you'll rest easier knowing that your beloved friend can be traced back to you in the event that you're separated from him. Bear in mind, however, that it's all too easy to assume you can have these simple procedures done "soon"-- when in fact your pet might go missing even sooner. Put your mind at rest right now by scheduling microchipping or tattoo pet identification for your pet while you're thinking it. Call 204-269-4451 today