I understand that there are differnent types of identification systems, microchips? What type of microchip does Fairfax County scan for? Is one company more prevelent that others? My dog is 15 years old and the vet tatooed my SSN on her stomach when she was a puppy, is that really effective if my pet is lost? Are there "medic alert" collars or some other way to notify people quickly if your pet is on meds or has allergies? Thank you.
In the past, microchipping was not always effective, because there were several different companies and each company had its own chip and a scanner that would read only those chips. Today, most scanners will read chips from any of the main companies. Microchipping is the most sure way to make sure your pet can be reunited with you in the event that you are separated.
Any identification that is truly unique to your pet, including a tattoo, may help you get back your lost pet. However, microchipping is the most effective identification because it is linked to a computer system that can be accessed everywhere. If your pet has a medical condition, you can put a special tag on your pet to indicate the allergy or issue and you can enter the information into your microchip profile.