Even with the most diligent of owners, pet escapes can and do happen. All it takes is a gardener accidentally leaving the back gate open, or the front door being opened just enough for your pet to scoot through.
Statistics show that one in three pets will become lost at some point during their lifetime. And without identification, 90% will not return home. Those are some scary statistics! Microchipping your pet is not only easy, safe, and inexpensive, it also affords lost pets their best chance of being reunited with their owner.
How Does A Microchip Work?
A microchip is a rice-sized device that is implanted under your pet’s skin during their annual wellness exam. The microchip stores a unique ID number that can be used to retrieve your contact information if your pet is ever lost.
Once the microchip is placed, it is registered with the national pet recovery database with your contact information. If your pet is lost, any veterinary hospital, shelter, or rescue organization can scan your pet for the microchip, pull up the ID code, and call the microchip company, who then contacts you with your pet’s location.
Microchips work with radio frequency, so there are no moving parts or batteries. The radio frequency is only activated when a microchip scanner is waved over your pet’s body.
Benefits of Microchipping Your Pet
Benefits of microchipping abound:
Microchips can never be lost – A microchip is a permanent form of identification which can never be lost (unlike a collar and tags).
Microchips save lives – When lost, your pet may become injured. When a microchipped pet is brought to us for emergency veterinary attention, we can easily find your contact information and get in touch with you to discuss needed medical care.
Microchips are great for indoor pets – It only takes a split second for an indoor pet to escape. In the event of a natural disaster, a microchip is your pet’s best chance of a reunion with you.
Microchips never expire – Even if you move, a microchip never needs to be replaced. Simply call the national pet recovery database and they will update your contact information so your pet can always be found.
Microchips are easy to place – Some pet owners worry that placing a microchip will hurt their pet. In reality, this procedure is about the same as a vaccine, and you can expect your pet to react the same way they would to getting an injection. Of course, if your pet will be undergoing anesthesia for another reason – a dental cleaning or a spay or neuter, for example – we can place the microchip at that time, eliminating all discomfort.
The Final Step
Don’t forget that a key component of microchip effectiveness hinges on pet owners registering their pet’s microchip with the microchip company. When you move or change phone numbers, this is vitally important as well, to make sure you can be contacted if your pet is ever lost.
It’s a fact that microchips reunite hundreds of lost pets with their loving owners every year. Don’t let this important and basic safeguard fall by the wayside – contact Fairview Veterinary Hospital for an appointment today, and protect your pet for life.