MICROCHIPS: WHY YOUR PET SHOULDN’T BE WITHOUT ONE
We all know someone who has lost a pet. It’s hard to imagine the sadness you might feel if your favorite friend were somehow separated from you. Many people think that their pet never would stray from home, however every year animals and owners are parted during natural disasters, accidents, and even theft. The best you can do is to give your pet every chance of finding their way home. This means making sure they are fitted with a collar with current identification and are sporting a registered microchip.
Microchips are implanted under the pet’s skin (usually between the shoulders) and contain a passive radiofrequency that emits a unique identifying number. These chips are about the size of a grain of rice and should last your pet’s lifetime. They do not give off GPS signals, but rather need to be read with a special scanning device possessed by most veterinarians and shelters. The unique number can then be traced into a database where your contact information can be found, provided you have kept your information current.
Microchips are not perfect, as they require the finder of the animal to have the pet scanned and the owner to register and keep the database up-to-date. By utilizing this technology, however, you give your pet one more avenue to make it home if you should ever become separated.
If you’d like to discuss a microchip for your pet, please contact us.