Microchipping

According to the American Humane Society, over 10 million dogs or cats are reported lost each year. Many of these lost pets are never reunited with their owners. While there are many reasons for this, the inability to identify the owner is the number one reason.

            The microchips are about the size of a grain of rice and injected using a specialized needle. The procedure requires no anesthesia and is similar to a vaccination. The information held on these chips can be read using a handheld device. This information allows veterinarians and shelters to identify and contact the pet’s owner.

Microchipping has many advantages to other methods of identification.

      1) A microchip always stays with the pet unlike a tag, which can break, fall off, or be removed.

      2) A chip is definitive proof of ownership. It cannot be replaced like a tag.

      3) Dogs and cats with microchips are more than twice as likely to be returned to their owners if lost.

      4) Many pet microchip manufacturers are introducing new functions to the chips. For example,                  some dog doors will only open if they read the chip of your dog. This increases the security of                your household.

      5) The microchips last for the life of your pet. Once injected there is no need to worry about it.                  However, your vet should scan your pet every year to check the microchip.