National Pet Identification Week: April 17th-23rd 2016
The most widely recommended pet identification device is the microchip. This tiny device is implanted with a needle, much like administering and injection. It is about the size of a grain of rice, and serves as a proof of ownership in any dispute. The microchip is not a GPS, this is a common misconception. A special scanner can detect these chips; veterinary hospitals, humane societies and animal shelters across the country have these scanners. A national registry assists in the identification and return of microchipped pets throughout Canada & the USA. The BCSPCA has also launched the first centralized database for microchipped pets of British Columbia. You can register online at www.bcpetregistry.ca . All information is secure, confidential, and can be updated online. Even if your pet is indoor only, it is still important to have a permanent identification in case they escape or become lost.
Other forms of identification are; tattoo, engraved ID tag attached to your pet's collar, QR code tags, Courtenay Veterinary Clinic Rabies tags with QR code, and GPS collar.
If your pet becomes lost there are a few different ways to spread to word, and to look for your pet;
- F.L.E.D - Find Lost & Escaped Pets (Vancouver Island registered charity) firstname.lastname@example.org or find them on facebook
- Comox Valley Lost & Found Pets on facebook
- Campbell River Lost & Found Pets on facebook
- BC Pet Registry, and call all local SPCA's
- Contact us at Courtenay Veterinary Clinic, we can also post your lost pet on our facebook page for you.