Microchipping your pet

Microchipping your pet

A lost dog or cat is a traumatic event for the pet’s human family and for the lost pet.  Often the basic collar and tags are sufficient to reunite a lost pet with their human family, but sometimes your pet can get lost when they are not wearing their collar, or their collar can be lost or purposely removed.

Microchipping is a more secure way of protecting your dog from loss or pet knapping, even when you have a pet that is strictly kept indoors. Microchips are permanent means of identification, whereas collars can come off your pet and the etching on tags where thin. Microchips have reunited pets with their human family members across states, and over years of absence.

Giving a microchip to your pet is safe and secure. The microchip is the shape and size of a grain of rice. It is placed just beneath your pet’s skin on the back between the shoulder blades. The procedure is done within a matter of minutes and very safe. Although implanting the chip into your pet can be a little uncomfortable, it’s just like having an injection.  No anesthetic is needed.

No two microchips are identical – they each have a unique identification number. You’ll complete a registration form at the time as the microchipping which contains information for you to be included in the national pet recovery database. The database is open to police, select pet rescue associations, and select veterinarians across the country. Dogs, cats, and birds can be microchipped for to help reunite them to their family.

Once your pet is microchipped, animal shelters, animal control officers and veterinary hospitals nationwide use a special electronic chip reader to detect the presence of a chip. Microchips don’t wear out and they are not “tracking devices”. The chip gets enough power from the scanning device to show the identification number, without this they have no power source. The chip doesn’t directly contain any of your contact information, but authorities are able to use the identification number to access the associated contact information in the pet recovery database to reconnect you to your pet.

When your pet is microchipped, a toll-free number is listed to the pet recovery database so that you can alert them of a lost pet just as they will be alerted if a microchipped pet is found. Such alerts can lead to happy reunions of lost and stolen companion animals.

A pet can be microchipped at any time, whether a puppy, kitten or mature adult animal. Since your pets are important and valuable members of your family, it is good to know that you have done all you could to keep your pet safe and secure in the event of an unforeseen circumstance. Call Murrayhill Veterinary Hospital, your Beaverton Vet, to schedule your pet’s microchip appointment.

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