Microchipping is a safe, effective way to help pet parents be reunited in the case their pets go missing. Collars with good phone numbers are definitely something you should have on your pet at all times, but if the pet gets lost, the collar could end up removed or damaged to where it’s hard to read. (You can get engraved collar tags at most pet stores or go online to sites like Amazon.com) Having a microchip with your current, up-to-date info is a highly effective way at making sure someone can contact you to get your loved one back home.
A microchip identification tag is a small computer chip containing information linking you to your pet. The chip is inserted subcutaneously (under the skin) with a needle, a procedure which takes only a few minutes. It is common practice to insert the chip, which is non-toxic and about the size of a grain of rice, between your pet’s shoulder blades. It will not cause your pet discomfort or allergic reactions.
Because the chip is skin deep you may be able to feel it occasionally, depending on the size and weight of your pet. Additionally, the chip can migrate with age, though because it is only skin deep it will not migrate into any vital organs. Animal shelters and veterinarians are aware that chips can migrate and as a result will scan a lost cat or dog’s entire body to check for a microchip.
It is important to know that a microchip is NOT a Global Positioning System (GPS) or tracking device. You will not be able to use the microchip to trace your pet if he or she goes missing. Additionally, in order for the microchip to be effective you should make sure your information (phone number, home address and emergency contact) is up-to-date.
The easiest way is to think of it as a bar code. Only when you scan the bar code with a microchip machine will information be revealed. Once scanned, the number provided can be researched online to see what company issued the chip and then find info on how to contact the owner to get the pet back home a.s.a.p.
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