Would you tattoo your dog?

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-30-2011
Would you tattoo your dog?
Tue, 04-02-2013 - 2:28pm

I have never heard of this, and was wondering if anyone else has?  I saw a video on CNN, a tattoo artist placed a tattoo on each of his dogs for identification purposes. so he says.  From the video, they look pretty large and elaborate.  Do you think this is necessary?  I think there would be a larger risk of infection, especially on a dogs belly.  I wouldn't do it to my own.  


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iVillage Member
Registered: 11-01-1999
Tue, 04-02-2013 - 8:46pm

Tattoos are painful.  I think a large tattoo on a pet borders on abuse.

However, the shelter where I volunteer tattoos a green line on the belly of every animal they spay and neuter, as a routine part of the surgery.  If the dog is picked up, one can tell instantly that it has  been "fixed."  Definitely helpful with females!

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-09-2008
Wed, 04-03-2013 - 1:51am

No, I wouldn't.  I agree a tattoo is supposed to hurt, and we read if not done right they easily get infected.  There are easier, safer things nowdays like a chip that will identify your dog, so why subject them to pain or worse? 


Community Leader
Registered: 11-21-2001
Wed, 04-03-2013 - 1:05pm

As Gaye mentioned, doing a "tattoo" during the spay process I believe, is fine.  When we adopted my Cleo I had no idea if she had been spayed or not...so this at least gives an indication that the dog has been spayed.

But to do this just for the sake of giving a dog a tattoo I think is ridiculous.  It's difficult for a human to make sure that a tattoo is kept clean and safe....how are you supposed to do that for a dog.  Besides the fact that it is painful.  I saw on AOL about this person who tattooed his dog....but I didn't watch the video.  Apparently some groups aren't happy about this....