In an effort to reduce stray animals and to help return your pet to you if it is lost, the veterinarians of British Columbia have adopted a province wide Pet Tattoo Program. It has become standard practice among animal care givers in BC to check the right ear of every stray pet for such identifying marks. The program has greatly increased the success of many pet-owner reunions.

The tattoo we have put in your pet’s ear today contains important information. Please, take a moment to familiarize yourself with your pet’s new identification. Three numbers are you pet’s individual ID number for hospital reference. The first two letters identify Burquitlam Animal Hospital as the veterinary hospital that tattooed your pet. The last letter identifies the year in which your pet was tattooed.

For example:                                                        559 BAC
559 – Pet’s personal number
BA – Burquitlam Animal Hospital
A – 2013
B – 2014
C – 2015
D – 2016 … etc.

Your Pet has been identified as follows:
Pet’s Name: _________________________________
Owner’s Name: ______________________________
Tattoo #: ___________________________________
Date: ______________________________________

Since this tattoo identifies your pet and our hospital it is important that we always have your up to date and current information. If you ever have any changes to your phone number, address, pet’s name or if the pet is re-homed, please, contact us. Keeping everything up to date ensures that your pet can be returned home safely!


A microchip is a low frequency (LF) computer chip that has an identification number programmed into it and is encapsulated within a bio compatible material. The device is small enough to fit inside a hypodermic needle and can be simply injected under the skin of your pet, where it will stay for the life of the animal. This provides a permanent, positive identification that cannot be lost, altered or removed – a safe, simple and inexpensive way to protect your pet against loss or theft.

To ensure that the procedure is carried out safely and that the microchip is placed in the correct position, implantation should be performed by or under the supervision of a Licensed Veterinarian to safeguard your pet’s health. At the Burquitlam Animal Hospital we recommend placing the microchip at the time of spaying or neutering (under general anesthesia).

Eidap is a nationwide computerized recovery system for companion animals identified with a microchip. When you become a member, Eidap can reunite your pet directly with you. It is not a GPS tracking system. For more information please visit the website.