Check the Chip Day is right around the corner on August 15. On this day, veterinarians everywhere encourage pet owners to make sure that the information contained on their pet's microchip is up-to-date. Although not intentional, many people forget to change their address, telephone number, or other contact information on their pet's microchip when they move. Unfortunately, that's no better than not having a microchip at all. If your pet gets away during or after your move, there is no way to reunite him with you.
What is a Pet Microchip and How Does It Work?
A microchip is a tiny piece of metal that is no bigger than a grain of rice. It uses radio frequency identification technology (RFID) to store information such as your pet's name, your name, and your contact details. While a microchip greatly increases the chances of finding a lost pet, it's important to understand that it's not a global positioning system (GPS). It can't tell you the location of your dog, cat, or other type of animal.
Should your pet become lost, anyone who spots her can bring her to the nearest veterinary clinic. Once there, the staff uses special scanning equipment to determine if your pet has a microchip. If the scanner detects one, the only information returned is the microchip identification number. The staff member then enters the number into a universal pet look-up system to retrieve your contact details.
Why a Tag and Collar Isn't Enough
Placing a collar with a tag containing your pet's name and your contact information is still a good idea. People can see the identifying information and call you to come and retrieve your pet. However, collars can slip off and lettering may become worn. When that happens, there is no way of finding out whom your pet belongs to if he doesn't have a microchip.
Placing a Microchip is Fast and Painless
Some people avoid getting a microchip for their pet because they think it will cost a lot or they don't want their pet to feel pain. The average fee is around $50, which includes registration in a national database. That's a small price to pay for your peace of mind. The procedure takes just a few minutes and is no more uncomfortable than getting an immunization. We insert the microchip under a fold in your pet's skin near the neck area. Please contact us if you would like more information or to schedule a microchip placement appointment for your pet.