A microchip is another way to identify your pet if you are worried about tags becoming lost or unreadable over time. Microchips are small, permanent implants injected in between your pet's shoulder blades by a veterinarian. Both dogs and cats can be microchipped. There are several manufacturers of microchips, 24PetWatch is one of them. Each microchip has an individual number that is linked to the pet.
Look for a plastic or metal tag on the collar of the pet you have found. Though the tags that automatically come with a 24PetWatch microchip are plastic, some owners choose to have the information engraved on a metal tag.
Examine the tag for a list of numbers and a telephone number. The list of numbers is the serial number for the pet's microchip. The telephone number will get you in touch with representatives from 24PetWatch.
If the animal doesn't have any tags, bring the pet to a veterinary clinic, humane society or animal shelter to check for a microchip. An employee can scan the pet with a microchip scanner and contact 24PetWatch if a microchip manufactured by the company is found.