Which form of pet identification is best?

As a responsible pet guardian, you’re probably already aware that it’s important for your dog or cat to wear some form of identification in the unfortunate event that your pet becomes lost or missing. But should you choose a collar and identification tag, or a microchip? That answer is: both!

A collar or harness with a current I.D. tag is the traditional method of identification, and in most cases, your dog is already sporting his or her license and rabies tags. Adding an identification tag with your contact information is your pet’s fastest ticket home. It’s easily spotted, so if your pet goes walkabout, it’s a simple task for anyone who finds your pet to check the I.D. tag and give you a quick call. There’s no need for a trip to a shelter or veterinarian’s office to scan for a possible microchip. Collars and tags are inexpensive and readily available, and they come in a variety of styles to fit your taste and budget. The downside is that your pet can become separated from the collar or harness, and thieves intent on stealing your precious pal can easily remove a collar, leaving your pet without any form of identification.

If you also have your pet implanted with a microchip, you’ve got a permanent backup that will remain with your dog or cat for life. Remember, however, if your pet only has a microchip, there is no visible way for someone to know the chip is implanted. That’s why the combination of a collar and I.D. tag PLUS an embedded pet microchip is the safest way to identify your beloved pet.

Cat guardians with indoor-only cats might think identification is not necessary, but think again. Cats are notorious escape artists, and if your cat slips outside, he or she might have difficulty finding the way home. Be careful to choose a safety collar with a breakaway feature designed just for cats.

Whether you choose to identify your dog or cat with a traditional collar and tag, a microchip, or both, it’s crucial to keep your contact information up to date. Learn more about the benefits of microchipping dogs and cats.