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Worried Your Pet Will Get Lost or Stolen? Invest in Pet Identification
Date:4/7/2008

t owners are given a distinctive tag for the animal's collar, which informs those who find the lost pet of the microchip implant. The tag provides a specific chip number and contact information with the recovery service's toll-free number. Most shelters and veterinarians have microchip readers.

Since the microchip cannot be seen, the average person may be unaware it is there. That's why the CVMA recommends both collar tags and microchips for pets. Tattooing is another alternative, but it is not considered as effective because the tattoo may fade over time and change as an animal grows.

Whatever method is used, the CVMA recommends identification tags include: -- Pet's name -- Owner's name and address -- Telephone numbers (day and evening) -- Veterinarian's name and number -- Current rabies vaccination and licensing information -- Health problems requiring medication

Owners also should ensure tags are updated and checked regularly in the event an owner moves or changes phone numbers or the tags become unreadable with wear.

In addition, the CVMA encourages pet owners to keep an up-to-date file with a written description of their pet that includes the animal's size, markings, weight and unusual features as well as a current photo to use for posters or to take to the animal shelter should a pet become lost or stolen.

For media interviews with a California veterinarian regarding this issue, please contact Phil Boerner at the CVMA: 916-649-0599. To access past CVMA press releases, visit the CVMA Media Center in the News Room at http://www.cvma.net/.

The California Veterinary Medical Association is the largest state veterinary medical association in the United States, with more than 6,000 members. Founded in 1888, its mission is to serve its membership and community through innovative leadership and to improve animal and human health in an ethically and socially res
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