National Dog Registry Tattoo Procedure
TO EXPECT WHEN YOUR PET IS TATTOOED
the tattooer you choose adheres closely to the NDR
procedure, you may be asked to help hold your pet while you
vocally comfort and reassure it.
pet is placed on its side while you secure its head and front
paws (the tattooer will show you how). The tattooer's assistant
will hold your pet's rear paws.
area for the tattoo is shaved and disinfected with alcohol.
A light layer of Vaseline is applied to the area so the tattoo
marker will move smoothly over the surface of the skin
tattoo number is applied.
area is cleansed with Phisoderm or another disinfecting soap.
The soap also removes excess ink from the skin. Any numbers
that are not clear are retouched at this time.
final layer of Vaseline is applied over the finished tattoo.
The entire procedure takes only a few minutes.
very fine scab (barely visible) will form over the tattoo numbers.
It will fall off in 24-48 hours. It is not unusual for some
redness to appear around the newly-formed tattoo numbers. Don't
worry! This is normal. If your pet licks off the Vaseline, you
may reapply it. Your pet may resume all normal activities immediately
after tattooing. Always keep the area scissored or clipped.
It is imperative that the tattoo be seen by the finder should
your pet become lost.
NOT TATTOO YOUR PET WITHOUT REGISTERING THE NUMBER. AN UNREGISTERED
TATTOO IS AN UNTRACEABLE WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY.
1966, NDR has supervised, directed, conducted,
or overseen the tattooing of more than 6 million animals. To
our knowledge, there never has been a serious skin infection
as a result of this safe procedure.
NUMBER SHOULD YOU HAVE TATTOOED ON YOUR PET?
will register any letter and/or number sequence that previously
has been tattooed on a pet. Each type of tattoo number has stronger
and weaker points, but they all work if they are registered
Social Security number has been used successfully for unique
pet identification. Its nine-digit sequence is easily recognized,
and your number will never be used by another person. Because
your Social Security number is yours for a lifetime, it is a
very dependable number to register. The Social Security Administration
is prohibited by law from divulging any information to anyone
about anyone, for any reason. Calling them about finding a tattooed
dog is useless. Maintaining owner/tattoo information is the
job of the National Dog Registry. Should a
person transfer ownership of a pet bearing a Social Security
number tattoo, we suggest adding the initials of the new owner
to the tattoo and having the new sequence registered with NDR.
This creates a unique number for that pet. If you are a breeder,
pet shop, or kennel operator, contact NDR for
information about our special programs.
club numbers is a good tattoo number for purebred animals. While
the kennel clubs maintain records on ownership, they are not
necessarily available on a 24-7 basis, nor do their records
contain certain information necessary to return a pet. NDR
registers kennel club numbers, but suggests that the letters
"NDR" be added at the beginning of
the number sequence.
most pets are lost during evening hours, holidays, weekends,
and vacations, your tattoo or implant information must be easy
to reach. The NDR staff is available 24 hours
a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The main function of
the NDR hotline (800/NDR-DOGS) is to track
owner information on found tattooed pets.
unique computer generated numbers may be obtained by calling
our main office. Special numbering sequences also are available
for shelters, rescue groups, and veterinary clinics.
numbers, post office box numbers, and dates--Although we will
accept these numbers, we do not recommend them. Please call
NDR if you have any questions or need advice
about selecting an appropriate identification for your pet's