How many times have you seen a lost pet flyer in your neighborhood? Imagine the heartbreak of having your pet escape their yard, slink out of a door which was open a moment too long, or break free of their leash at the park. Suddenly, your fur baby’s whereabouts are unknown! A collar with tags can be a good way to identify a pet, but collars are not permanent, and can be easily removed by accident or on purpose.
Without identifying tags, there is nothing to show proof of ownership, and no way for anyone to know where a lost pet may live. A much better and permanent solution to this problem is having a microchip implanted in your pet. Nearly all veterinary clinics and animal shelters have the ability to scan pets for microchips, which is great news if your furry loved one gets out and is brought to the vet or a shelter!
There are several microchip companies that veterinary offices may choose from, our favorite is HomeAgain. The microchip itself is about the size of a grain of rice, and is essentially a computer chip enclosed in glass, programmed with a unique identifying number. When a pet’s microchip is scanned, the scanner emits a radio signal to the chip, displaying the microchip number on the scanner.
The process of administering the microchip is very simple. The microchip is inside of a needle, and this is placed under the skin between your pet’s shoulder blades. It is nearly painless to receive, and it will anchor itself in place and will not migrate throughout the body. We will register your pet with the microchip company. It is important to keep your current contact information on file so that if their microchip is scanned, the company will be able to reach you.