Veterinary Services

Pet Permanent Identification

At Carr Veterinary Hospital in Oak Ridge, NC, our pet permanent identification services give pet owners a lifeline to their furry companions in case they ever go missing.

The Importance of Pet Permanent Identification

Unfortunately, pets can easily wander off or get lost, especially in unfamiliar surroundings, leaving owners with the heart-wrenching prospect of losing track of them. Without proper identification, reuniting lost pets with their owners can be challenging, if not impossible. This is where pet permanent identification plays a crucial role.

Understanding Pet Permanent Identification

Pet permanent identification involves the use of microchips to provide a reliable and permanent means of identifying pets. These tiny microchips, about the size of a grain of rice, are implanted under the skin of the pet, typically between the shoulder blades. Each microchip contains a unique identification number that is linked to the pet owner’s contact information in a national pet recovery database.

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Benefits of Pet Permanent Identification

Increased Chance of Reunion

In the unfortunate event that your pet goes missing, permanent identification greatly increases the chances of a reunion. Animal shelters, veterinary clinics, and animal control agencies routinely scan lost pets for microchips. If your pet is found, the microchip can quickly lead to your contact information, facilitating a speedy reunion.

Unalterable Identification

Unlike traditional forms of identification, such as collars and tags, which can become lost or removed, microchips provide a permanent means of identification. They cannot be altered or tampered with, ensuring that your pet’s identification remains intact for life.

Global Recognition

Microchips are recognized internationally, making them an ideal form of identification for pets who travel or relocate with their owners. Whether you’re moving to a new city or taking a vacation abroad, you can rest assured that your pet’s identification will remain valid wherever you go.

When to Consider Pet Permanent Identification

While all pet owners hope that their furry friends will never go missing, it’s essential to be proactive in safeguarding their well-being. Here are some scenarios where pet permanent identification is particularly beneficial:

  • New Pet Adoption: If you’ve recently adopted a new pet, permanent identification should be a top priority. Even if your pet is strictly an indoor companion, accidents can happen, and pets can escape through open doors or windows.
  • Outdoor Adventures: Pets who enjoy outdoor adventures, such as hiking or camping, are at a higher risk of getting lost. Permanent identification provides added security in case your pet wanders off during a wilderness excursion.
  • Natural Disasters: During natural disasters such as hurricanes or wildfires, pets can become separated from their owners in the chaos. Permanent identification ensures that even in the midst of a crisis, your pet’s identification remains intact and accessible.