What type of identification is best for your pet?

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In the market there are several options for the identification of your pet. We recommend some that may be useful

What type of identification is best for your pet?

Chile has taken the lead in Latin America on various issues, for example, banning the use of plastic bags to protect the environment. Recently he did it with his National Register of Pets, framed within the so-called "Cholito Law" that establishes the responsibilities of the people who decide to adopt or buy a pet. With this, they give certainty to the protection of animals, because one of the requirements for registration is the mandatory placement of some type of identification.

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Although the most common resource is the metal plates with the information of the owner, the options to identify pets, from the simplest to the most sophisticated to keep our pet safe, have grown in the market, especially in case of loss. These are some options for identification of pets, according to CNN Chile:

Metal plate : The classic way to identify pets is a piece of metal with all kinds of shapes and colors, directly engraved with the name of the animal, the owner's data, contact information or address and in some cases if the animal has allergies To place it is necessary to use a collar, which is a disadvantage, because if the animal loses the collar it will be more difficult to find it. Some pets tear the collars, which makes it easy for them to fall.

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Collar : Contains the same information as the metal plate, but on the collar, although it has the same disadvantage as the plate, because if the animal loses it, it will be difficult to locate it or be returned.

Tattoo : Pet Fan Mexico highlights this form of identification as efficient and safe, because a tattoo is placed directly on the skin of the animal that contains different data. This will depend on the country, the race and the institution that does it, because this will change the area where the tattoo is made or what it contains. For example, in Mexico purebred dogs are compulsorily requested this form of identification to validate this condition. It has two main disadvantages : the first is that you have to anesthetize the animal, in addition to having special care after being tattooed. The second is that the tattoo may be more or less visible depending on the amount of hair that the pet has, so at first glance it may not be noticed . Finally, there are some enemies of tattoos, because it can be perceived as a form of abuse.

Microchip: It is a small capsule the size of a grain of rice that is implanted under the skin of the pet. This procedure is done by a veterinarian through an injection. The microchip is placed only once, as they last approximately 25 years, according to the Insurance Mapfre, with it the pet can be identified in databases or in some cases the same chip contains the information of the owner, vaccines, allergies, etc. Among the advantages is the fact that it is not painful for the pet, does not cause allergy, allows abandoned or lost pets to be identified, among others .

As an example, a few days ago the newspaper Excelsior published the case of a dog that was returned to its owners in Arizona, United States. After being lost for a year, the police found it and thanks to the microchip they obtained the data of their owners.

GPS Locator : It is a device that is placed on the collar and that allows to identify in real time the location of the pet, the problem is that when placed on the collar you risk falling or being beaten by the animal, in addition to Its cost is higher.


LatinAmerican Post | Luis Ángel Hernandez

Translated from "¿Qué tipo de identificación es mejor para tu mascota?

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