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Old 10-19-2012, 02:53 PM
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This sort of thing is such a slippery slope...
ID tattoos? Oh yeah... that’s okay, no problem...
Spay indicator tattoos... sure!

Okay... what if instead of a green line to indicate spay we did a cute little squiggly instead? Hey, what if we added some hearts and stars? Where does it stop.
Same with id - I *could* say that tattooing wings on the side of my hairless dog is for ID purposes right? Where’s the line?

Bottom line is, we do a LOT of things to our pets for purely cosmetic/selfish reasons that you could argue are not beneficial and could be detrimental.
This. I can think of some worse things done to pets for aesthetic reasons than some cute stars and hearts.

I've been messing around with the idea of having Zander tattooed for a few years. But since he's a "mutt" with no pedigree or any accomplishments, I can't go through the usual routes people would go through to ID tattoo their pets. No numbers or letters that can be looked up. Phone number tattoo is silly, as that can change often. Can't be anything important, like a SS number. Microchips can be overlooked, collars and tags can be lost. He could be mistaken as a wolf or hybrid, and immediately put down without identification.

So...why not a little brand that could go inside the hip or in the ear? Not that different from horse brands or race tattoos honestly, and I certainly don't think those are cruel.

It's a very slippery slope. But personally, if I were to tattoo him...I would much rather it be something cute/fun than some ugly scribbly letters and numbers.

Besides, Zane would totally look rocker with a tribal dragon tatt in his ear and a piercing. Maybe even spike his mane in a mohawk.
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Old 10-19-2012, 02:55 PM
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This. I can think of some worse things done to pets for aesthetic reasons than some cute stars and hearts.

I've been messing around with the idea of having Zander tattooed for a few years. But since he's a "mutt" with no pedigree or any accomplishments, I can't go through the usual routes people would go through to ID tattoo their pets. No numbers or letters that can be looked up. Phone number tattoo is silly, as that can change often. Can't be anything important, like a SS number. Microchips can be overlooked, collars and tags can be lost. He could be mistaken as a wolf or hybrid, and immediately put down without identification.

So...why not a little brand that could go inside the hip or in the ear? Not that different from horse brands or race tattoos honestly, and I certainly don't think those are cruel.

It's a very slippery slope. But personally, if I were to get a tattoo...I would much rather it be something cute/fun than some ugly scribbly letters and numbers.
Why not your vets number? Even if you change vets your old one should still have your dog on file.
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Old 10-19-2012, 02:56 PM
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Why not your vets number? Even if you change vets your old one should still have your dog on file.
Vets can often change numbers, too, or go out of business. Move. Plus, we are traveling overseas. It's not a practical option.

ETA: I honestly think things would be way easier if a dog could get a life-time rabies number in an international database. That covers all pets, and all liability issues.
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Old 10-19-2012, 03:01 PM
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But... tattooing your dog isn't going to tell anybody anything. Other than the fact that your dog has a tattoo. Its not going to tell them this is a dog -- its gonna tell them its an animal with a tattoo...

Tattooing animals for cosmetic purposes is unethical. Roseys intact and not tattooed, so I can say that not being a hypocrite
The ferrets all have tattoos. I hate it.
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Old 10-19-2012, 03:03 PM
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But... tattooing your dog isn't going to tell anybody anything. Other than the fact that your dog has a tattoo. Its not going to tell them this is a dog -- its gonna tell them its an animal with a tattoo...
Not necessarily. Wild animals are usually tagged, not tattooed. So a canine with a tattoo would usually be ID'd as a pet, an owned pet, and at least then a microchip is more likely to be looked for...which would lead to ID of dog and owner.
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Tattooing animals for cosmetic purposes is unethical.
I think this is subjective. Not necessarily fact.
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The amount of dogs that have been dumped with tattoos is going to not tell them it's an owned pet, really... it'll tell them it's a dog that once had an owner. Or a wolf that was once owned by somebody.
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I think this is subjective. Not necessarily fact.
It is fact for me Did I say THIS IS A FACT? No. I said what a few other people have said in this same thread
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The amount of dogs that have been dumped with tattoos is going to not tell them it's an owned pet, really... it'll tell them it's a dog that once had an owner. Or a wolf that was once owned by somebody.
Same with collars and tags. So I guess we shouldn't bother with those, either?
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Same with collars and tags. So I guess we shouldn't bother with those, either?
People know what a collar and tags mean. People don't know what a tattoo means.

ETA: I mean, your whole point was so that you had another way to get him back to you if the collar and tags were lost, no? I may just be misunderstanding the point..
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