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A pet microchip creates a forever bond between you and the pet you love. And a microchip will give your pet the best chance of coming back home to you.
1 in 3 pets goes missing during its lifetime, and without proper ID, 90% never return home. A microchip for dogs & cats gives the best protection with permanent ID that can never be removed or become impossible to read.
Millions of dogs become lost each year. Tragically, few are reunited with their owners. Many lost dogs end up in shelters where they are adopted out to new homes or even euthanized. It is important that your dog has identification at all times. Collars and tags are essential, but they can fall off or become damaged. Technology has made it possible to equip your pet with a microchip for permanent identification.
A microchip is a tiny computer chip about the size of a grain of rice that is housed in a type of glass made to be compatible with living tissue. This microchip is implanted between the dog’s or cat’s shoulder blades under the skin with a needle and special syringe like a shot. Minimal to no discomfort is experienced – most dogs and cats do not seem to even feel it being implanted. Once in place, the microchip can be detected immediately with a handheld device that uses radio waves to read the chip. This device scans the microchip, and then displays a unique alphanumeric code. Once the microchip is placed, the dog or cat must be registered with the microchip company, usually for a one-time fee. Then, the dog or cat can be traced back to the owner if found.
Things You Should Know
- Microchips are designed to last for the life of a dog. They do not need to be charged or replaced.
- Some microchips have been known to migrate from the area between the shoulder blades, but the instructions for scanning emphasize the need to scan the dog’s or cat’s entire body.
- A microchipped dog or cat can be easily identified if found by a shelter or veterinary office in possession of a scanner. However, some shelters and veterinary offices do not have scanners.
- Depending on the brand of microchip and the year it was implanted, even so-called universal scanners may not be able to detect the microchip.
- Microchip manufacturers, veterinarians and animal shelters have been working on solutions to the imperfections, and technology continues to improve over time.
- If you move, please remember to call or email the microchip company your new address and phone number, so if your pet is lost or stolen they may be traced back to the owner.