Perhaps you’ve heard about veterinary clinics offering pet microchip services and had considered having this procedure done for your own animal(s), but never got around to it. Although it is not mandatory to microchip your pet, it is a good idea to have this procedure done in case your pet should ever run away or become separated from you after a natural disaster.
Unlike ID tags or collars that can get damaged or lost while your pet is wandering around, a pet microchip is no bigger than a grain of rice and is injected underneath your pet’s skin between the shoulder blades by your veterinarian.
The procedure to implant the microchip costs no more than a month’s supply of pet food, is rarely a safety threat to your pet, is painless and cannot be lost or damaged. Most veterinarians and shelters have microchip pet scanners, so they will be able to identify your pet based on the information read on the pet microchip; each microchip pet number is unique and informs the staff if your pet has allergies or chronic illnesses. It also updates a hospital, humane society or animal shelter if your pet has been vaccinated. Once the chip’s number is obtained, the company that manufactured the microchip can then be contacted to find the owner.
The Importance Of Keeping Microchip Pet Information Updated
Contrary to some people’s belief, a microchip is not a tracker or a GPS device. It only works if someone scans it. Further, having microchip pet data is useless if it is inaccurate or missing important contact information. Make sure the chip is registered in your name, your pet’s name and all current contact numbers where you can be reached. If you relocate or you change your phone numbers, this information needs to be updated as soon as possible.
Pet microchips can sometimes migrate, so scanning to find the microchip also depends on using the right technique. A good suggestion is to ask your vet to scan the pet microchip to make sure it’s still readable and has not migrated from the animal’s back close to the shoulder blades at every check-up. You can also attach your microchip information to your pet’s collar as an extra tip.
High-Tech Protection Can Prevent Euthanization
Sadly, missing pets rarely find their way back home to their original owners, according to the American Humane Association. Within the more than 10 million dogs and cats that are lost in the United States annually, approximately 4 million pets are euthanized within a few days of being found if their owners can’t be located in time.
The pet microchip substantially increases the likelihood of your pet returning home by means of a permanent high tech means of identification that is not only unique but also reliable. Any humane society, animal hospital or shelter can use a scanner that can read a recovered pet’s microchip ID number which greatly increases the return-to-owner (RTO) rate if it is ever stolen or lost.