It only takes a moment for your pet to bolt out the door or break away from his leash, and many lost pets never find their way home because they have no form of identification when they get away. Tags on collars are great, but pets often break or lose their collars in their attempt at freedom. Microchipping is a way to ensure your pet can find his way home, with permanent identification always in place. Here is a closer look at how you can use a microchip to keep your pet safe.
What Is a Microchip?
A microchip is a tiny electronic device that is injected into your pet just below the skin. It’s only about as big as a grain of rice, but it stores information, like your contact information, which is delivered via radio waves. When your pet is lost and someone scans him with the right type of scanner, they can access the contact information and get your pet back to you.
Is Microchipping Safe?
Microchips do not need a power source and contain no moving parts, so they are safe to stay in your pet for a lifetime. They are made from material that is compatible with an animal’s body, so any discomfort or rejection is very rare. Over time, the microchip will become encased in the tissue, which means it will not move around the body.
What to Expect at a Microchipping Appointment
If you wish to have your pet microchipped, simply ask about it at your next appointment. The procedure is simple. Your pet’s vet will inject the microchip using a sterile syringe into your pet’s skin between the shoulder blades. The procedure is quick and causes minimal discomfort, just like a vaccination.
Once your pet is microchipped, we will register their microchip number with your contact information for you. Registering is very important, because that is how your information gets put on to the microchip. We will give you a packet with your pet's microchip number and the number of the registry. You will need to keep this information so you can change your contact information if you move or get a new phone number. Up-to-date information is critical to making sure you protect your pet with their microchip.
What Happens if Your Pet Gets Lost?
If your pet is lost, the people who find him can take him to a local veterinary clinic or shelter to be scanned. When scanned with the right type of scanner, a unique number is detected. By calling the Microchip Registry company, your contact information can be obtained to get your pet back to you. The veterinary clinic or shelter staff will call you. It is important to keep your microchip information up-to-date. Be sure to call the microchip registry company when you move or change phone numbers.
Microchipping your pet is a simple solution to add a layer of protection in case your pet is lost. Schedule your appointment today with Broadway Veterinary Hospital to have your pet microchipped, and give yourself the peace of mind that comes from knowing you will always have a way to be reunited.