Lighthouse Veterinary Hospital

6030 Island Highway West
Qualicum Bay, BC V9K2E1


Permanent Identification

We strongly recommend you choose some form of permanent identification for your pet. Permanent identification is especially important in situations where your companion becomes lost. We offer both microchips and identification tattoos. Speak with a member of our team to determine which form of permanent ID is right for your pet.

A microchip can be implanted under the skin at any time and can be scanned and read by any veterinary clinic or shelter. They don’t wear off or become less readable over time. Microchips are also required if you intend to travel to the United States with your pet.


Tattoos are an inexpensive form of permanent identification but they may fade with time and become harder to read. Most ID tattoos are applied when a pet comes in to be spayed or neutered but they can be done with any general anesthesia procedure. ID tattoos are specific to the province in which they were applied – so if you plan on moving, we would suggest a microchip.