During the spring we are all opening our doors and windows to the outside world again. Unfortunately, it is also a time when a high number of pet runaways occur. But, do not worry, there is an easy and simple solution! Ask today about having your veterinarian at Community Pet Hospital administer a microchip.
What A Microchip is
A microchip is an identifying circuit about the size of a grain of rice that uses passive radio signals. The chip is powered when scanned, otherwise it has no power source of its own. The scanner picks up on a unique signal to the chip, and that code is registered to the owner and includes: the name, address and contact information.
The ease of a microchip is as simple as a routine vaccination. It is administered by a veterinarian using a 12mm syringe and does not require anesthesia.
Why Microchips are important
When your pet runs away or becomes lost, you probably have information available on their collar. Licensing and nametags have become fairly standard. But these are not without their problems. Collars can quickly get tangled and fall off, especially if the dog or cat is outside. A more permenant solution can be through microchiping. According to the American Humane only about “17% of lost dogs and 2% of cats ever find their way back from shelters to their original owners. Nearly 9.6 million pets are euthanized every year because their owners can’t be found.” When a pet is found and brought into a shelter or veterinarian, they are able to scan the microchip and locate the owner through the registered information. This is extremely valuable to shelters and veterinarians alike.
Below is a video showing a veterinarian administering a microchip:
Things to remember:
Microchip information should be updated regularly when the contact information changes
Licensing and collars are still valuable and should be kept current
Prevention of missing pets is key, keep a close eye on your dogs and cats!
Visit http://public.homeagain.com/ for more information on HomeAgain Microchips
Other photos by Community Pet Hospital