Using tattoos to identify neutered pets

Schweighoefer-Stuckenberg, Andrea
November 2012
Veterinary Ireland Journal;Nov2012, Vol. 2 Issue 11, p560
Academic Journal
Both animal rescue groups and private clients bring stray or abandoned cats and dogs to veterinary practices. These animals have no clinical history and frequently undergo unnecessary anaesthesia and surgery, only for the vet to discover that ovario-hysterectomy has already been performed. There are only three ways to confirm that an animal has been neutered: · Exploratory surgery, which is painful, invasive and expensive; · Hormone assays, which are expensive; and, · A tattoo, which is immediately recognisable, costs only a few cent and can be per formed after surgical alteration, while the patient is still under general anaesthesia. Vets can significantly improve an animal's future welfare by making a simple identifying mark at time of neutering: A simple, linear tattoo beside the incision line for dogs, a discreet tattoo in the left ear for cats and rabbits and an ear tip for feral cats.


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