A dog’s nose print is like our fingerprints – no two are alike, each is individual.
Nose prints are an easy, safe way to identify your pet.
Mircrochips, while serving a welcome function, are invasive. They can also malfunction and even move position. They should be checked every so often with the proper scanner to make sure they are working. ID tags should still be placed on collars, but they can become lost.
Louis Meadows, owner of ID Systems Integrative, makers of a noseprint ID kit, says the process is easy to perform and painless.
The ID kit contains an inkless implement which you use to retrieve the nose impression. You then send a copy of the nose impression along with clear photos of your dog showing any distinguishing marks to the company. Your dog’s information is then stored in a national database. If your dog is lost and you notify the company, the database is searched.
The advantage of a noseprint is that there is no way to change or alter it. If your dog is stolen, name tags and microchips can be removed.
Keep in mind though that it’s important to have a way to identify your dog, whichever method you choose.