Permanent Pet Identification... Tattoo vs Microchip??

United States
April 16, 2008 2:36am CST
When it comes to the permanent identification of our pets...which method is better to use. A tattoo which can be clearly seen or a microchip that requires a special scanner to read and can not be felt beneath the skin. Or both?
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@blackbriar (9080)
• United States
19 Apr 08
I would have to go with the tattoo as well but would have to be put where someone can't just get rid of it easily. The ear can be lopped off, cruel as it sounds. The chin was a great spot so is the inside hind leg where tats are usually put. I prefer just the collar and tags myself since I never travel far and my animals don't run off since I'm always watching them outside, they can't be stolen either. Just wish ppl would put a collar and tags on their dogs that allow them to run loose cause who knows if the dog is a stray or not and get picked up by a well-meaning(hopefully) person.
• United States
19 Apr 08
whoops! Forgot to include cats with collars/tags.
@ravinskye (8242)
• United States
16 Apr 08
I would say the tattoo would be better. you would spend a lot of money to have the chip put in and most people would not look for it. i read up on the chip. it says that there are different kinds, so you would have to get lucky enough that your dog would get lost and get put in a shelter that had every kind of scanner so they would find your chip. If your dog gets found by a regular person they may just decide to keep it and would never know the chip was there. If there was a tattoo then anyone who found your dog would be able to see who's dog it was and return it. if they would think to look for a tattoo.
• United States
17 Apr 08
They thanks alot for the response girl friend! I do personally feel that a tattoo is more practical. With the chip there are many types available but most scanners are universal and will recognize many different variations of microchips. The problem is still with the common person who finds a lost pet. How often does the average person even think of having or take the time to have a lost animal scanned for a chip. A collar, name tag, license, rabies tag, and tattoo are the first things most people look for when they find a lost dog.
@Nardz13 (5059)
• New Zealand
16 Apr 08
Hi there. Of the two choices mentioned here, I would rather use the tattoo method, as I dont think animals or humans should have microchips installed in there bodies, its so un natural. The tattoo sounds much better. My brother tattooed his bull dogs chin, for his own personal identification, because at the time and even still now, bull dogs are popular and easily stolen, along with pitbull breeds. Have a great day...
• United States
17 Apr 08
Thanks for your response. Thats funny that your brother tattooed his bull dogs chin, but hey, how many people do that. It is a unique marking that could easily be recognized.