About 30 percent of pets get lost during their lifetime, and the vast majority don’t find their way back home, which is why we recommend that all of our clients have their pets microchipped.
Statistics show that microchips improve the odds of being reunited with a lost pet. For example, more than half of dogs that are microchipped and are taken to an animal shelter are returned to their owner, far more than those without microchips. Almost 40 percent of microchipped cats are returned to their owner, compared to 2 percent of cats that aren’t microchipped.
What happens when my pet is microchipped?
Microchipping is quick, easy and relatively inexpensive. A tiny bioglass capsule, about the size of a grain of rice, is implanted beneath your pet’s skin, typically between the shoulder blades, using a small needle. No numbing is required, and the procedure is no more painful for your pet than having a vaccination.
What kind of data is stored on my pet’s microchip?
The chip stores an ID number that is linked to the pet owner’s contact information, which is on file with a national database. Home Again is the database we use. When a scanner is waved over the chip, the ID number is retrieved and the database can be searched for the owner’s information. Most veterinary clinics have these scanners, and many, like ours, have universal scanners, which read all models of microchips.
Can I update the data on the microchip?
If you have adopted an animal from a shelter, odds are it has been microchipped, and we are happy to check for that. But regardless of who microchipped your pet, you must make sure that your contact information is linked to the chip’s ID number. We can help you complete forms required to have this information stored in the Home Again database. One of the few pitfalls of microchipping is pet owners who forget to register with the national databases or don’t update their contact information when they move. Even if you microchip your pets, we recommend that they wear collars with vaccination tags and a tag that includes your name and number. Many lost pets are first found by neighbors; a collar with ID makes it easy for them to return your pet to you.
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