There are many different types of pet identification. The purpose of these is to make sure that anyone who comes across your pet can easily identify where it belongs, and return it home. Many times pets go missing forever because there is no way to know where a found animal belongs. They may have found a loving home, or been put down at your local animal shelter. The following are popular types of identification for your pet and work best when used together.


Microchips: Pet Identification

Microchips are easy to get. If you go to your vet, and sometimes your local animal control, they will inject a small microchip under your animal’s skin. The microchip is a little bigger than a grain of white rice and transmits an RF signal. This RF signal is a simple radio signal that is picked up by a microchip scanner. When scanned it displays a number unique to your registration. These numbers can then be checked through the company that sells the microchips.


A Microchip is a must-have form of identification. It allows veterinarians and animal control officers the opportunity to find out where an animal belongs. The process is simple and quick. In addition to this, they are also nonremovable. If your pet is stolen, or there is a dispute in ownership, the Microchip may prove who owns the dog. Microchips can only be read by individuals with the proper equipment, and you must keep them up to date if you move.

Types Of Pet Identification

Commonly Asked Microchip Questions


How Do I Register My Pets Microchip?

How do I register a microchip for my pet? You may be able to register it through your pet’s vet, or a local animal clinic or shelter. There are also many different pet databases online that you will also be able to go through. Found Animals is among one of the most popular choices, but there are many others to choose from


Does It Cost To Register My Pets Microchip?

Yes, the price of this fee may vary depending on where you live and how many pets you need to register. Prices for this service tend to average around $50, although this is just an estimate.


How Do I Get My Pet’s Microchip Number?

If you no longer have your pet’s microchip number you can call your vet or animal clinic to look it up for you. Also, you can bring your pet in to be scanned by a universal scanner that should be able to tell you the number immediately.


Dog License

Dog licenses are required in most areas. They serve the dual purpose of identification for your dog. Normally it has the name of the issuing authority on it, and a number unique to your dog. If an animal control officer picks your dog up, they can easily run this number to find where your dog belongs. Animal control is often the only people with access to look this information up, though. You should look up your specific city and state to see if it is a requirement to license your dog.

Commonly Asked Dog Licensing Questions.

What is a dog license?

A dog license signifies that you are the licensed owner of said dog. It also helps to determine the number of dogs in any given area. They are usually accompanied by vaccination records.


What happens if you don’t license your dog?

Generally, nothing happens. Although, if there ever comes a time where this can be brought into questioning you may face a fine. Depending on your city and state, they may either be more harsh or relaxed when it comes to enforcing this. Also, as stated before, some areas don’t require you to have a license for your dog. It is always in your best interest to check your local websites or ask your pet’s vet to find out.


How much does it cost to license a dog?

The cost to license a dog is dependent on your area and is specific to the business that is doing the licensing. Although, most of the time the average costs range from $20-$30.


Dog Tags for Dogs

Commercial dog tags can come from the machine in front of your local pet store. They are by far the most easily accessible option for pet identification. You input your name, phone number, address, and the dog’s name. The machine then prints out a metal tag with all the information provided on it. This provides anyone who finds your dog the information necessary to get it home. Also, there are many customizable, engravable, option. Many machines have plastic options as well as metal dog tags. Although they are called dog tags, they can be used for other pets. 

Conclusion On Pet Identification

All these forms of pet identification are best when used together. No one is full proof, and you never know who is going to come into contact with your animal when it gets loose.  It is also important to always have your name, number, and address readily available in unforeseen circumstances. This will help make sure that your pet is properly identified, and will increase the chances of you being reunited. You want to have the best possible chance of your pet returning home. Although dogs are the most popular choices for all of these, you can also utilize them on your cat. In addition to any other pet that is able to get loose and roam away from home.