This week is National Pet Identification Week which is a great reminder to all pet owners to ID their furry family members. Many of us use collars and tags as a form of canine identification, but these can easily be lost or removed. Microchipping is a permanent sense of security that increases the chance of a lost pet to be safely returned home.
What is a microchip?
A microchip is a non-removal form of identification that is the size of a grain of rice. It is coded with a distinct identification number, similar to a Social Security number.
Where is the microchip implanted?
The microchip is injected under the skin between the shoulder blades. Similar to a vaccination, the procedure is safe, easy and quick.
How are the owners traced?
Veterinary offices, shelters, or animal controlled facilities use a hand-held scanner to retrieve the identification number. The ID number is then entered into a national database to pull any contact information. Please understand that microchips are only effective if your information is registered and kept up-to-date with a phone number, address, or e-mail. If you do not register the microchip with a national database, the microchip serves no purpose.