How Micro-Chipping Your Pet Helps You
Would you be able to find your pet if he or she ran off? With a microchip, the chances of you and your pet being reunited are much improved. Statistics from animal shelters show that up to 52% of lost dogs and 38% of lost cats with microchips (vs. 22% of dogs and 2% of cats without microchips) are returned to their owners.
A microchip is an implant the size of a grain of rice that is placed under the skin, usually over the shoulder blades. The microchip emits a radio frequency with a unique identification code, which is read by a chip reader. Microchips are not GPS units. They are more equivalent to an implanted bar code. Therefore, in order to work properly, they must be scanned with a chip reader. Additionally, you will want to register your pet’s microchip with the chip manufacturer, so that your information is readily accessible in the event your pet is lost.
How the Micro-Chipping Procedure Works
Microchips can be placed in your pet while awake or while sedated or anesthetized for other procedures. The procedure itself takes less than a minute. There may be some localized mild swelling or mild pain at the site of injection for 24-48 hours. The time and investment is well worth the return!
Microchip placement and registration is included in all of our Essential Care Plans.I Want To Keep My Pet Safe!