Pets escape. Even the most responsible pet owner could leave the garage door open or forget to close the gate, resulting in a lost pet. Microchipping your beloved pet could mean the difference between having your pet returned and not being able to find them. While it is estimated that nearly 3 million pets in shelters are euthanized annually, some of those animals are pets whose owners were unable to find them. Currently, microchip implants are composed of inert biocompatible elements that coexist with your pet’s body tissues without causing harm, and are designed to last the life of your pet.
Reasons for microchipping a pet:
Most importantly, it can help return a lost pet to his owner.
Microchips help animal shelters identify and return a pet that belongs to a loving home.
Microchips provide a permanent method of identifying your pet. If your pet is lost/stolen and its collar is removed, your pet can still be identified by the microchip.
Many countries require a microchip that must also be cross-referenced with an up-to-date vaccination record before an animal is allowed to enter the country.
Microchips can help distinguish the legal owner of a pet when the ownership of the animal is in dispute.
What does microchipping involve?
Implanting the microchip is a quick and easy process that is relatively painless for your pet. We often implant the chip during a vaccination series because the sensation is very similar to getting a shot. The microchip is about the size of a single granule of long-grained rice and is injected under your pet’s skin with a needle and syringe. The standard injection site is between the shoulder blades, and there is no anesthetic involved when implanting the microchip. While the chip can occasionally migrate from the initial injection site, trained technicians know to scan a pet’s entire body before determining whether your pet does or does not have microchip identification.
How are pets found?
More often than not, pets are recovered at animal shelters. Whether your pet was brought into a veterinarian’s office, an animal shelter, or was recovered by animal control, all agencies are trained to scan all pets upon receiving them. After scanning the implant site, they will be able to see a unique identification number that coordinates with your contact information, your pet’s name, your pet’s veterinarian, and the animal shelter they were adopted from, if any. You will then be contacted and informed of where you can pick up your pet.
If you have further questions about pet microchips or would like to schedule an appointment for a microchip administration, please contact our office!