Dogs and cats have a highly curious nature, which has the tendency to make wandering common. There are many factors, such as looking for food or a mate, that could potentially give a dog or cat the motivation to escape from the home. One in three dogs becomes lost and does not know how to find his way back home. Each year, millions of lost and abandoned pets are taken in by animal welfare organizations and very few are reunited with their owners. The main reason why these animals are not returned is that they are unidentifiable. Think about having your pet microchipped to prevent them from becoming a statistic.
A microchip is a unique intergrated circuit that your veterinarian can implant under the skin. It is a small device, about the size of a grain of rice. The prodecure for implanting a microchip is similar to an animal receiving a vaccination. After your pet is microchipped, you need to register your information with the microchip company so that they can contact you in case of an emergency. When your pet is scanned by an animal shelter or veterinary hospital, his individual number is displayed on a screen. That number can be linked back to you as the owner, and the microchip company will call and inform you where your pet has been found. If you want to improve your pet’s chances of getting home in an emergency, microchipping is the best option.
Please feel free to give us a call if you have any further questions about microchips.