Microchip Insertion for Pets
It’s only natural that owners take measures to ensure their pets can be identified. If a pet gets lost, it can have a devastating impact on an individual or entire family. Unfortunately, collars with tags can be lost, and tattoos may fade over time, or simply escape the notice of a shelter. Because of the relative unreliability of these identification methods, microchip insertions are growing in popularity. Microchips cannot be lost and will not fade, and shelters check for them on a regular basis, so you can rest secure in the knowledge that, should your pet get lost, there will always be a simple means for whoever finds him or her to determine where he or she belongs.
A microchip is only about the size of a grain of rice, and yet it can provide a permanent and powerful means of identification for your pet. The procedure for microchip insertion is safe, swift, simple, low-stress, virtually painless, and highly effective. A chip containing an ID number is injected into the back of the neck between your pet’s shoulder blades, into the tissues beneath the skin, by means of a hypodermic needle. Your pet experiences no more pain or discomfort than you would in a simple vaccination, so anesthesia is not a necessity for this procedure. An ID number can be read by a scanner, which most veterinary hospitals, animal control bureaus, SPCA’s, and other organizations likely to receive stray animals routinely use to scan cats and dogs whose owners are unknown.
Once they find the chip, they will access a national database by phone in order to find the registered owner of the pet. However, in order for this system to work, the owner must register the chip number. That is why Our Veterinary Hospital offers not only chip implantation, but will also provide the required paperwork for the owner to register the chip.
A microchip can be implanted at any age, in cats and dogs alike, and make a large difference in the likelihood of both to be returned if lost. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, a study by Lord et al. found that lost dogs with microchips were more than twice as likely to be returned to their owners as dogs who did not have microchips, and lost cats with microchips were more than 20 times more likely to be returned to their owners, when compared with cats who did not have microchips. Such a drastic increase in the likelihood that a lost pet will return is the primary reason why an increasing number of owners choose to get a microchip insertion for their pet.
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