Lost and Found: The Power of Pet Microchipping
As a pet owner, the only thing scarier than the thought of losing your pet is the fear that you’ll never find them. This fear is based in reality. Of the estimated 8 million pets who wind up in shelters each year, less than 30% of dogs and 5% of cats are ever reunited with their original families.
Fortunately, there is something you can do to improve the odds of a happy reunion: pet microchipping! Having your pet microchipped is the best insurance against a broken heart. The team at Huntington Veterinary Hospital is excited to share more about the benefits of this wonderful technology!
How Pet Microchipping Works
A microchip is essentially a tiny computer chip, roughly the size of a grain of rice. The microchip is implanted just under the skin in between the shoulder blades via hypodermic needle. The procedure is no more painful than a standard vaccination and can be done right here at our hospital.
In the event your pet gets lost and ends up at a shelter or veterinary hospital, they’ll be scanned for a microchip using a microchip scanner. Staff can then call the microchip company and give them the ID number that appears on the scanner screen. The microchip company can then contact you directly.
Is it Safe?
Many pet owners are understandably concerned about the safety of a device that’s implanted in their pet’s body, but we assure you that microchips are perfectly safe:
- Microchips are designed to stay in place, so your pet’s chip won’t migrate to any other part of their body.
- Microchips are encased in a biocompatible, non-toxic material that won’t cause an allergic reaction.
- Microchips do not contain a battery or internal power source. They simply lie inert until scanned with a microchip scanner.
- Microchips do not utilize GPS technology, so you or your pet’s whereabouts cannot be tracked.
An Important Reminder
Having your pet microchipped is only the first step in the process. As soon as your pet has received a chip, you’ll need to register it with the microchip company; otherwise, they won’t be able to contact you, rendering the chip useless. You must also update the company any time your contact information changes. Studies have shown that only around half of all microchipped animals that end up in shelters have had their chip registered.
Pet microchipping is not just for cats and dogs! Ferrets, horses, exotics, and other pets can also benefit from this simple, affordable, and powerful technology. Please don’t hesitate to contact our staff for more information.