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Microchip Your Pet

Updated on February 14, 2019

Help Recover A Lost Or Stolen Pet Easier.

Pets go missing every day. A dog can get loose from the yard, a cat can run out from between someone's legs at the door and not be noticed.

Even worse, a pet can be stolen from your home. Pet microchips are one of the best ways to recover a lost or stolen pet.

Most veterinary offices are equipped today to scan each pet that enters their office to see if they have been identified with a microchip. Some vets do this as a routine and some need to be requested to do a scan to see if a pet has a chip.

You love them so keep them safe. Pets can be pretty good escape artists when they want to be. Insure that you can find them again.

Dogs playing at a local park.
Dogs playing at a local park. | Source

Are you considering microchipping your pet?

It can help you find them when they go missing.

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Microchip in pet.
Microchip in pet. | Source

What is a microchip?

A microchip is a small electronic device that is described as being about the size of a grain of rice.

There are many companies offering pet microchips today. Your vet may only offer a type of chip that is consistent with all the vets in your local area are you may be given a choice of styles. Make an informed decision and find out what type of pet microchips your local shelters can scan and also what your local vets can scan. You want your pet to be easily identified should the need arise.

Microchipping your pet is safe, affordable, and a priceless tool to recover your pet. Call your vet for their price to implant a pet microchip.

It does not "run" or send any electricity, so it will not harm your pet.

Each microchip has a unique serial number stored inside which is read by a scanner using RFID also known as Radio Frequency Identification. The pet cannot feel anything from the radio frequency.

The scanning device that the vet or shelter uses will read the serial number off the chip. Your information does not go inside these chips.

Once they have the number, they can enter it into the computer and search the registry to get the pet owner information so they can contact the pet owner and get the pet returned to them. It really is a great tool to help reunite pets with their owners.

Vet checking to see if dog has a microchip.
Vet checking to see if dog has a microchip. | Source

How is a mircochip implanted? It is really quite easy.

The microchip is placed into a hollow needle device and it is implanted under the skin of the pet.

You may have noticed that most cats and dogs have some loose skin around the back of the shoulders and in many cases that is where the chip is implanted. Your vet will know the best location depending on the breed of your pet.

They can be implanted at any time but the best time is when the pet goes for its spay or neuter procedure.

Your pet's microchip is useless if it is not registered.

Do not delay in registering with your pet recovery provider.

Some vets register the pet with them as the primary contact but most do not.

You will be given papers for registration with the pet recovery company.

Most companies only charge a small fee for registration.

A microchip as it is implanted and scanned

Pet tags and collars are another way to insure that your pet finds his way back home.

Pet tags and collars can be very helpful in having your pet returned to your home. If your neighbor down the street has your dog show up in their yard and it has a pet tag with your address on it they may just march your doggie back to your house. That is a quick way to get your pet back home safe and sound.

Many people worry about collaring their pet in case the collar gets caught on a branch or other extension as the pet is running past. This does happen occasion but it really is not that common and many collars are designed to help your pet out should this occur.

Cats are great at getting their collar caught on all sorts of things. This is why most cat collars are made with either elastic or a quick release.

Pet tattoos have been around for ages and are another pet identification option. Personally I am afraid to get a tattoo because of the pain I wouldn't do that to my pet either.

Which type of pet do you own?

Cats or dogs?

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Dog missing for 7 months - Identity proved by pet microchip

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