May is National Chip Your Pet Month, and no, we don’t mean feed your pet chips and dip!!
FOR THE MONTH OF MAY OUR CLINIC IS OFFERING $5 OFF THE COST OF MICROCHIPS!
Despite your best efforts, accidents can happen. Someone leaves a door ajar, an intrepid pooch digs under a fence, and your best intentions go awry: Your pet escapes and gets lost. If he’s wearing a collar and identification tag, chances are good that you’ll get him back.
But what if the collar comes off?
To protect their pets, many owners turn to technology, in the form of identification microchips implanted in their pets. Microchips are tiny transponders, about the size of a grain of rice, that can be implanted in your pet’s skin by many veterinarians and animal shelters; some shelters implant one in all pets they place.
Microchips are a good back-up option for pet identification, but should never be the main one. Reading a microchip takes a special scanner, one that an animal control officer or shelter will have, but your neighbor down the street will not. And if Fido wanders off, it’s likely to be a private citizen who encounters him first. That’s why, in the event of accidental separation, identification tags are your pet’s first ticket home.
Microchipping your pet helps your pet find his way home to you if he ever becomes lost or separated from his family. Most veterinarians offer the procedure and it’s completed in just a few minutes. The chip is places just under the skin and can be read by a special scanner (kind of like the handheld one the grocery store clerk uses).
What Kinds of Dogs are Candidates for Microchipping?
All pets are candidates for microchipping, but talk to your veterinarian if you have concerns or believe your pet has a medical condition that could contraindicate a microchip.
New puppies, dogs who like to run as soon as the door is open,and dogs who’s families have recently moved or who are planning on moving should be microchipped for safety. These dogs may have a hard time finding their way back home. Also, dogs with hearing or vision problems and those who are older with memory problems can benefit greatly from a microchip.
How and where are microchips placed?
Microchips are implanted just under the skin, usually right between the shoulder blades. This is done with a large-bore needle and doesn’t require anesthesia.
How they work
Each microchip contains a registration number and the phone number of the registry for the particular brand of chip. A handheld scanner reads the radio frequency of the chip and displays this information. An animal shelter or vet clinic that finds your pet can contact the registry to get your name and phone number.
Can a microchip get lost inside my pet?
Your pet’s subcutaneous tissue usually bonds to the chip within 24 hours, preventing it from moving. There’s a small chance that the chip could migrate to another part of the body, but it can’t actually get lost.
How long do microchips last?
Microchips are designed to work for 25 years.