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National Pet ID Week is April 14 to 20, 2019

April 9, 2019

It is important to ensure your clients' pets have reliable forms of identification in the event they become lost. Common options include a tag secured to a pet's collar adorned with the pet parent's name and contact information. Another dependable method is a microchip inserted under the skin of a pet's neck. The chip can be scanned at your office or animal rescues and shelters and will display the owner's contant information. Finally, some owners opt to have their pet's ear tattooed with their contact information. 

Many people choose to use more than one of these measures, but the key is to encourage your clients to keep their contact information up-to-date. Make this routine part of all annual wellness exam. 

The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) supports the permanent identification of animals, and recommends the use of radio-frequency identification (RFID) products (microchips, transponders) that conform to the International Standards Organization (ISO) standard of technology (1). The CVMA recommends veterinarians use RFID products that have been successfully reviewed by the National Companion Animal Coalition (NCAC) and appear on the NCAC list of recognized products (2). Read the CVMA’s full position statement here.

The following articles may help you determine the best method for your clients and their pets: