You may have heard of people microchipping their pets, but have you ever considered having it done for your own furry friend? One in three pets will get lost during their lifetime, and 9 out of 10 don’t return home. Should your pet become lost, it is crucial that he have proper identification to increase the chances of him being returned to you.
While tags can be helpful, they aren’t always a reliable form of identification since they can easily fall off or become hard to read over time. The best form of identification for your pet is a microchip!
REASONS PETS GET SEPARATED
Many pets become lost because they escape from the yard or run outside when a door opens. They don’t realize the danger of being outside.
During holidays where fireworks are common or even during thunderstorms, many pets can become frightened. The loud noises can be terrifying, and many pets may run away during these events in an attempt to escape the noise.
Other common instances where pets go missing include emergencies such as house fires and automobile accidents. A pet who has a microchip is much more likely to make it back home than one without this identification.
WHAT MICROCHIPPING ACTUALLY IS
A microchip is actually a very advanced piece of technology. Microchips are radio-frequency identification transponders encased in a small amount of bioglass and injected under the skin. Animal shelters and veterinary hospitals usually carry scanners that will read most microchips.
At many veterinary and shelter facilities, it is standard practice to scan every new animal to see if the pet has a microchip. This helps ensure a lost pet is returned to his or her owner.
It is important to note that this is standard practice for most facilities in the United States, but if you travel to another country, you should be aware that their scanners might not be able to read your microchip. Talk with your veterinarian if you plan to be traveling to discuss alternative ways to equip your pet with the proper identification.
KEEPING YOUR MICROCHIP UP TO DATE
A microchip is only effective if you keep your contact information up to date. When you get the information for your pet’s microchip, you will be asked to register the microchip and include your contact information. If your information changes, be sure to update your pet’s profile immediately.
It is important to note that we do not recommend putting in another microchip as the frequencies could interfere. If you lose the information associated with your pet’s microchip, simply let us know. We can scan your pet’s microchip and assist you with getting the information you need to update your pet’s records.
Taking care of this small detail in your pet’s healthcare could mean the difference between a safe return and a sadly shortened life with your family. Microchips bring pets home! Learn more about microchipping by contacting Valle Verde Animal Hospital today!