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Lost Tags Make Vet Blogger Grateful for Microchips

Several nights ago I made a startling discovery as I played with my pal Buster. His tags were gone. I don't know when they fell...

Dr. Eric Barchas  |  Aug 8th 2010


Several nights ago I made a startling discovery as I played with my pal Buster. His tags were gone.

I don’t know when they fell off or how they were lost. He could have been tagless for several days.

The next day I made two new identical identification tags for Buster. He’s wearing one now. The other is ready to be called into action immediately if the first is lost.

If a dog with no tags gets out of the house he officially becomes a stray. Animal control officers may impound him. Kind strangers may take him in, look for his owner, and if he’s lovable (aren’t most dogs lovable?) ultimately decide to keep him.

When people bring stray pets to my office the staff immediately scans for a microchip. I have seen several dogs and cats returned to their loved ones in this way.

Fortunately Buster did not escape from the house without his tags. If he had, I would have had to hope that whoever found him scanned for his microchip. I’m glad he has that chip.

Photo: Buster’s tags were starting to come off six months ago in Tahoe! By Denise.