Pet Identification & Travel

Proper identification is the best way to ensure your pet is reunited with you, should they become lost. We recommend that your pet have a collar with up-to-date ID tags including their name, address, and your phone number. They should also be microchipped; microchips are an easy, effective way to stay connected to your pet and give them a better chance of being returned to you if they go missing.

Microchip Implantation – A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and contains information that will help reunite your pet with you should it become lost. Microchips are implanted between the pet’s shoulder blades under the skin with a needle and special syringe. Little to no pain is experienced. Most pets do not seem to even feel it being implanted. Once in place, the microchip can be detected with a handheld device that uses radio waves to read the chip. This device scans the microchip, then displays a unique alphanumeric code. Once the microchip is placed, the animal must be registered with the microchip company, usually for a one-time fee. Then the dog can be traced back to the owner if found away from home.

Pet Travel and Certificates

Traveling can be stressful for both people and pets. To alleviate some of that stress, our doctors and support staff can prepare you and your pet for travel together in the United States or to other countries.

Travel certifications and preparation for your pet will normally include:

  • vaccinating pets with the core set of vaccines required by airlines and the USDA
  • doctor examination documentation and other auxiliary records required for travel to your destination
  • preparation of government certificates
  • advice on preparing them for your trip using behavior training