It’s Hip to Microchip!

Why Microchip?

Many owners feel that collars and tags provide sufficient identification in the event their pet gets lost. However, collars and tags can come off. For example, a pet might get caught on a fence and squeeze out of their collar, losing their identification. Their tags might fall off their collar or the tag might simply become difficult to read over time, as a result of normal wear and tear. If the collar or tag are removed, the pet’s identification is lost, making it difficult to prove to whom a pet belongs to.

Therefore, consider microchipping your pet as it’s a more reliable means of identification! A microchip is a small transmitter, no larger than a grain of rice.  The microchip possesses a unique identification number.  This identification number can be extremely helpful in reuniting a lost pet with their owner, or as a means of proving ownership.



How Do We Microchip?

The microchip is implanted just under the skin, using a fairly large needle.  Implantation can be done in young puppies and kittens, however, because there is a little bit of pain associated with the procedure, many people opt to wait until their pet is being spayed or neutered, so that they are under anaesthesia at the time the microchip is inserted.  This is beneficial because any pain associated with the needle is eliminated. However, keep in mind, there is a drawback to waiting – the risk that your pet become lost or separated from you, in the meantime, without proper identification.


How Does Microchipping Work?

In the event a pet is lost or separated from their owner, the microchip can be used to reunite the pet!  Unfortunately, the microchip is not a location device.  The microchip cannot be used to tell us where the pet is, if lost.  However, in the event a pet is found and brought to either a veterinary clinic or an animal shelter, they will use a scanner to pull up the microchip identification number. This unique identification number is associated with a pet recovery service. The pet recovery service will have the owner’s contact information available so the pet can be reunited with their family.  This is why it’s not only important to register the microchip (often is done complimentary by the shelter or veterinary clinic), but also to keep the contact information up to date.  If you move, or change telephone numbers, it’s important to call into the microchip company and update your information.  We wouldn’t want any dead ends in the quest to reunite a lost pet with their owner!

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