Stolley Park
Veterinary Hospital

3020 W. Stolley Park Road  Grand Island, Nebraska  68801  
Phone:  308-384-6272   Fax:  308-384-0984

January Newsletter
Pet Identification

Did you know that five million pets go missing every year in the United States? That is nearly 10 pets lost every minute. We at Stolley Park Veterinary Hospital want to make it easier to identify your pet by someone other than yourself, should your pet become part of this unfortunate statistic.

1) One of the best ways to recover lost pets is with a permanently implanted microchip. Microchip technology has been around for decades. In fact, they are actually required in some European Countries. A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is placed under the skin of an awake or asleep animal. The chip then uses Radio Frequency Identification Device (RFID) technology to transmit a number to a scanner. This scanner works on a specific frequency to recognize this identifying number.

Pet owners can then register the specific microchip number with the company and provide specific contact information. Each microchip number is associated with only one animal; in fact, it is much like a social security number. Veterinarians and many shelters have the scanning equipment for the microchip. So, if yourpet jumps the fence and decides to go exploring, a simple scan is all that is needed for a joyful reunion!

Benefits of a microchip include providing error-free identification as well as extreme durability.

Microchips are vital to reuniting pets and owners after natural disasters such as hurricanes or tornadoes. Many groups may help come and rescue stranded or lost pets, and in many cases, a microchip is the only way to help the pet find its missing family.

2)Collar identification tags are another great way to id your pet. Personalized tags can be made to include the pet’s name, owner name and contact information. One can also have city license tags and rabies vaccination tags on their pet. Unfortunately, one challenge in relying on only collar tags is that they can easily be removed or lost.

3) What about a paw print, is that like a fingerprint? Actually, cat and dog paw prints are not used as identification. Dog’s noses, however, are like a fingerprint. The nose print is rarely used these days due to knew technology, but “back in the day,” some dogs would be registered by their nose print.

4) Remember, it is very important to keep a record of your pet.Your record should include a recent picture and record of current vaccinations (especially when you are travelling). We would be happy to print a copy of your vaccination history for you at any time.

Let us know how we can help you protect your pet. We want every missing pet to get back home as quickly and safely as possible.