It's Hip to Chip: Microchipping Your Pets

It's Hip to Chip: Microchipping Your Pets

Posted on Jun 04, 2015 by hannah

Over the past few decades pet microchipping has become the standard of reliable pet identification, allowing pets- who might otherwise have languished in shelters and be lost to their families forever- to instead be reunited with their loving families. 

A pet microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is implanted beneath the skin between the pet’s shoulder bladesThis identification travels everywhere your furry friend may wander, providing a permanent link between you and your loved one.  One quick visit to the veterinarian for a microchip can ensure that should your pet ever get lost without any other identification, they can be traced back to you.   

Most importantly, once the pet has been microchipped, the owners must keep their contact information up to date.  Most providers will maintain their database of basic contact information with minimal contact from the owners, but keeping a pet’s family information up to date with an annual registration, including fee, can afford the pet extra benefits, like access to emergency medical hotline advice and a rapid response lost pet network.

If a lost pet and is picked up by animal control, the police, or taken to a shelter or a veterinarian, the facility will routinely scan each animal to determine if it has a microchip.  Once the unique ID is read by a universal scanner, the chip provider is contacted and provides contact information for the owner as well as contacting the owner directly. 

Beyond identification, microchip providers offer other services.  In the event of a lost pet in the area, the microchip provider will then send out alerts to local veterinarians, rescues and local animal rescue volunteers, and subscribers to their service in the area.  The owner also receives a list of local shelters to call in search of their lost friend. Additionally, many chip providers also give the owner access to “LOST PET” printable posters to alert people in the area to be on the look-out.  Should the pet be found, many chip providers also offer travel assistance to bring the pet back home.

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Click here to read a BLOG post from 2014 about one family's happy ending thanks to microchipping!