Should I Microchip My Pet?

Having your pet microchipped is a great way to provide permanent identification in case your pet becomes lost without their collar and tags.  It’s especially important for the animals that have a tendency to run away, but important for all pets because any pet may become lost.  Dogs might run away if frightened by fireworks or thunderstorms.  Cats may become injured or picked up roaming the neighborhood. 

The microchip is as small as a grain of rice and is implanted just under the skin between the shoulder blades with a needle; much like a vaccine is given.  It takes only a few seconds to implant the microchip and no anesthesia is necessary.  It works for the life of your pet.   If your pet were to ever become lost for any reason and show up at a shelter or animal clinic they would be scanned for a microchip first.  Many people who find lost pets bring them in somewhere to be scanned for a microchip as well.  If your contact info is registered, and current, with the company that made the microchip, the staff can get in touch with you immediately.

Microchips are not tracking devices and must be physically scanned just over the skin where the microchip is.  Some microchips use different frequencies and an ISO standard microchip is available for those who may travel to an EU country with their pets.  Always check with the regulations of the country you are traveling to well in advance.     

 

For some more detailed info on microchips and how they work please check out these sites:

 

(Home Again- How Microchipping Works)

http://public.homeagain.com/microchipping-facts.html 

 

(How Do Pet Microchips Work?)

http://www.petfinder.com/after-pet-adoption/how-pet-microchips-work.html

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