Pet Identification

There are three common types of identification methods for your pets. If you are interested in any of these pet identification methods, please contact us at 604-526-0334 and our team would be happy to help you.


Collars are always recommended as a first line of identification. A simple tag with your phone number is best added to the collar.

Very inexpensiveCan come off
Easy to see identification without any equipmentSome pets won’t wear them
Does not protect against theft of the pet


A tattoo is placed in the right ear of your pet. It is usually done while your pet is spayed or neutered.

The tattoo code is specific to you and our hospital.

If your pet goes missing and is found, the code traces your pet back to us, and we then locate you.

InexpensiveRequires general anesthesia to do a tattoo
Good for pets who won’t wear a collarCan fade or smudge over time
Only valid in B.C.


Microchipping has become a very popular and safe way to permanently identify your pet and you as the owner in the unfortunate case that your pet is lost. Microchipping involves placement of a small electronic chip that is the size and shape of a grain of rice underneath the skin in the neck area. A needle is used to inject the chip.

If your pet becomes lost and is taken to a humane society, a shelter, or a veterinary hospital, your pet will be scanned. The chip will provide information to locate you, the owner.

Secure and cannot fall outRequires the finder to have and use a scanner
Easy to implant, does not require anesthesiaMore expensive than tattoo or collar
Valid in B.C, North America, and some countries overseasCan occasionally migrate from original location
Cannot “fade”
Best protection against pet theft


COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members

We are not accepting new patients at this time due to higher than normal case-loads, and pet boarding services are suspended until further notice. Thank you for your understanding. 

Note: If you are experiencing respiratory symptoms, please let us know when you book your pet’s appointment. As the potential to spread to pets is still relatively unknown, it is possible that your pet could create a risk to other people who may be handling him or her. Whenever possible, please send someone who is not experiencing respiratory symptoms to the appointment with your pet.

The following changes are effective as of March 2nd, 2022:

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur. 

If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out by email at info@southburnabyvethospital.com or by phone at 604-526-0334.

- Your dedicated team at South Burnaby Veterinary Hospital