Imagine if your dog or cat got lost. You’d want to give him or her the best chance of getting home. With microchipping, you can!
Microchipping is a safe, permanent way to identify your pet in case he or she becomes lost. A microchip, which is a tiny device about the size and shape of a grain of rice, is placed just under the loose skin at the back of the neck. When a lost dog or cat without an ID tag is found, any veterinary clinic, shelter, or municipal animal service can simply use a handheld microchip scanner to check for a chip. If the pet has one, it will transmit its ID number to the scanner via a low-frequency radio wave. With that number, the chip manufacturer can be contacted to retrieve the pet owner’s information.
Even the most responsible pet owners can’t always guarantee their pets won’t get lost. A leash could break or slip out of your hand, a pet could push through a screen door or window, or a contractor or friend might accidentally leave a door or gate open. These things happen, and it’s critical to be able to get your furry family member home safe and sound when they do!
We recommend that you use a microchip, along with a collar and ID tag, to identify your pet. An ID tag is still a reliable identification method, and pets that have tags with current contact information are more likely to not end up in shelters and tend to get home faster than those without tags! However, collars and ID tags aren’t permanent and can be removed (overnight or for grooming); pets can also lose them. With a microchip, your pet will have a much better chance of being identified and returned to you, and sadly pets without microchips that end up in shelters may be adopted out to another family or even euthanized if not claimed within a certain amount of time.
Please contact us to schedule an appointment to microchip your pet. Although we hope your pet never becomes lost, we want you to be prepared! We can also suggest a plan to have in place so if your pet does go missing, you’ll be able to act quickly.