I am a proponent of microchipping pets. Most pets are like family members or close friends to their owners. My dog truly is my best friend. I decided to microchip him so that he can be easily returned to me if he is ever lost or stolen.
Losing a pet to natural causes or old age is traumatic, but losing a pet because he or she is not microchipped is another story. Microchip identification is the easiest and longest lasting way to make sure your pet can be returned to you if you become separated.
What is a Microchip?
A microchip is a device about the size of a grain of rice. This device is inserted just under the skin and emits a passive radio frequency. The frequency is not harmful to your dog or cat. The chip contains a unique number. If your pet is lost or stolen, a veterinarian or other animal care professional will wave a scanner over the area of the microchip and retrieve the number. During implantation, the unique number is registered to a national database and also recorded in your pet’s vaccination records. Both the registry and vaccination record link your pet’s unique identification number with your contact information. Voila, pet and owner are reunited.
A major benefit of microchip identification is that the microchip cannot fall off like collars or identification tags. Cats are notorious for wiggling out of collars. My dog has surrendered several ID tags playing in the creek by my home. Even though my dog has a microchip, I still keep an ID tag on him. Microchips do not replace rabies and ID tags. It is important that someone approaching your pet know that his or her rabies shots are up to date. If someone were to find your pet, that person could call you quickly using the information on the ID tag.
Easily Track Down Your Lost Pet
Microchip identification saves time and money when you are looking for your pet. If your pet has a microchip, you may be able to avoid making and hanging flyers, posting ads in the paper, etc. Animal shelters routinely scan for microchips.
Long-lasting and Durable
A third benefit of microchip identification is that microchips last the life of your pet. Typically, microchips do not need to be replaced and are easily accepted by your pet’s body. Microchips are inserted with a large needle. Though incidences of infection are very low, be sure to check the injection site for swelling.
Keep Updated Records at Your Vet’s Office
Keep your contact information updated both with your veterinarian and the national registry. You will receive paperwork with the contact information for the national registry as well as your pet’s unique microchip number the day the microchip is inserted. If your pet already has a microchip, be sure to get this information and update the contact information immediately.
Colleyville Animal Clinic is a veterinarian in Southlake, TX specializing in pet care, pet dentistry, vaccinations, senior pet care, and more.