Microchipping Your Pet
Statistics show that millions of animals end up lost or in shelters every year but only 15-20% of dogs and less than 2% of cats are ever reclaimed by their owners due to the inability to find their pet. Microchipping is one way to increase the chance you may be re-united with your lost pet.
Microchipping involves using a needle to place a little chip under the skin of your pet, usually between the shoulder blades. This chip has a unique number on it that can be picked up and read by a scanner. This microchipping takes about the same amount of time that it takes to give an injection/vaccination. Once implanted, the owner will need to complete paperwork to send to the manufacturer for recording purposes. It is important that the owner keep this information current with the company at all times.
This microchipping procedure is fairly painless to your pet – similar to having blood drawn. Many owners have this done when their pet is being spayed/neutered or having surgery.
The cost of microchipping is relatively inexpensive (around $65.00) in comparison to the anguish the owner will have at the loss of a pet.
There is always a possibility of some complication with any procedure. With this procedure there can be some complications but it is very rare. Having a qualified veterinarian implant the chip will help to reduce these complications.
Having your pet microchipped will help if someone picks up your pet and takes him/her to a veterinary clinic or shelter to be scanned for a chip. Once they get the chip number and the manufacturer of the chip, the company will be contacted to find the owner. If the owner has completed and mailed the registration and kept the information current, they will be able to re-unite you with your pet. This microchip is NOT a tracker or GPS, only another tool to help you re-connect with your lost pet.
Not everyone that finds a lost pet will know about microchipping so it is important that you have additional identification such as a collar and tags with your phone number on it on your pet also.