Microchip Pet Identification
How a Microchip Saved Our Dog
“When our 9 year old schnauzer was let out into the backyard, the side gate was inadvertently left open. In his curiousness, he was picked up by a concerned lady who mistook him for a lost dog. She took him to her veterinarian where he was scanned for a microchip. Luckily, he did have a microchip and within 1 hour we were contacted and he was back home safe and sound.
Without the microchip he would have been turned over to the local pound, and who knows what else could have happened. ” B.N.
The loss of a family pet can be devastating. A microchip implant is the simple and easy way to ensure that your cat or dog will be returned safely home should they ever become lost.
Every year, thousands of dogs and cats go missing from their homes. Shockingly, 98% of lost cats and 83% of lost dogs are never returned to their families.
Microchips allow for safe and reliable identification. They cannot be removed or become lost like a tag. Unlike tattoo identification, a microchip cannot be altered and is always clear and legible.
What is a Microchip?
A microchip is a small computer chip, approximately the size of a grain of rice. Your veterinarian will use a special medical device to implant it, under the skin between the shoulder blades. The process is similar to receiving a vaccination injection.
Each microchip has an individual and unique number, which is read with a microchip scanner. This unique number is related to your personal address and emergency contact information. Scanners can be found at animal shelters and veterinary clinics, and have the ability to read chips from different companies.
How Does It Work?
Veterinary clinics and animal shelters routinely scan all unidentified pets to check for microchip information.
If a number is discovered, the appropriate microchip company is contacted with the number found on the pet. The microchip company representative will then check their database for the identified number and contact the owner alerting them to the location of their lost companion.
Microchip companies have representatives available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to ensure continuous service.
What If I Move?
Should any address, phone number, or emergency contact information change, it is important to notify the microchip company. A simple call to the microchip company will allow you to update any information pertaining to your database.
If you purchase health insurance for your pet, it is important that the company has this information available as well. This is to ensure that if your pet requires medical attention when found, urgent treatment can be administered immediately with your pre‐authorization.
Always ensure that your information is updated and accurate, as this is the only way of reuniting your lost pet with your family.
When Can My Pet Receive a Microchip?
A microchip can be implanted at anytime. It is a quick procedure, which can be done as an office appointment.
Many people choose to have the microchip procedure done at the time of neuter or spay surgery. Many municipalities also offer significant license discounts for microchipped pets, since it is never too soon to have your pet protected.
We highly recommend that all pets be microchipped.