I once had a cat who ran away from home. After 2 years of him missing, I got him back. The only reason he came home was because he had a microchip.
Anytime someone brings an animal into a veterinary clinic or animal shelter, and are told that the animal was found as a stray, the animal is always scanned for an identifying microchip.
If the pet is found to have a chip, the clinic or shelter employee can call the microchip company and get the owners contact information.
If you have an animal, it is a very good idea to have them microchipped.
Even if you think that they would never run away, strange and unexpected things happen.
What Is A Microchip?
A microchip is a safe, permanent way to identify a lost pet. It’s about the size of a grain of rice. The chip is placed, just under the pet’s skin, in-between their shoulder blades.
Implanting the chip can be done without sedation or surgery, much like a vaccination.
The microchip is not a GPS device.
Read about 6 common microchip misconceptions.
Each and every microchip has its very own identification number, specific to your pet only.
When the pet is scanned, in-between the shoulder blades, the microchip scanner reads the chip and tells you what that pet’s individual chip number is. The chip company stores that chip number with your contact information.
Many shelters now microchip animals before they get adopted out to new families.
If you’ve adopted an animal from a shelter, it’s likely they have a microchip.
Is Your Contact Information Up To Date?
If your pet has a chip, is it registered? With your contact information?
Make sure your information is kept up to date. If you move, or if your phone number changes, make sure to inform the company your pet’s chip is registered with.
If you’re not sure if your pet has a microchip, any veterinary clinic or animal shelter can easily scan them to see. There should be no charge for them to do this.
Once you have the microchip number, you can go to petmicrochiplookup.org to enter in your pet’s chip number to find what company their chip is registered with. It will also give you their phone number.
If the website is unable to find the company, they will provide you with a phone number to contact and get help in finding the correct affiliate.
If you’ve adopted a pet from a personal add, you can have the owner information updated. In the event your adopted dog runs away, you will want to be the on to be contacted, not the previous owner. The chip company will call the previous owner to make sure the adoption was valid, and the pet was not lost or stolen, but the transfer process is easy. There may be a small fee to transfer the information.
If your pet doesn’t have a microchip, you can go to any veterinary facility or animal shelter to have one placed. They’re affordable, prices varying by each facility, and it’s easy to do.
Some of the microchip companies, like HomeAgain, have programs that you can pay annually for and get extra services; like 24/7/365 pet recovery assistance, a 24/7/365 medical hotline, and lost pet travel assistance.
You Will Always Be Contacted Regardless Of If You Pay An Annual Registration Fee.
It’s important to know that, once your pet’s microchip is implanted, you have a lifetime guarantee, for that pet, of being contacted if they’re found and scanned after running away or getting lost. You just need to make sure your contact, and emergency contact’s, information is kept up to date.
If your pet is ever lost, you have a much better chance of getting them back if they have a microchip.
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