Microchipping Your Pet

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Microchipping Your Pet 

It can happen in the blink of an eye, your furry friend has gone missing! Now you start to panic, calling out your pets name isn’t working, you don’t see Fluffy anywhere. Maybe you drive around the neighborhood or go knocking on doors…. still no luck! What do you do next? Start making phone calls to local Veterinary offices, the area Humane Society or Dog Warden and begin posting “LOST” fliers around your neighborhood in hopes that someone has found your pet and he or she is safe. 

Unfortunately, lost pets happen every day. Each year millions of dogs and cats go missing. Statistics say approximately only 10% of lost pets are able to be identified and reunited with their owner.  Are you willing to take that risk with your pet? 

Here at The Yancey Clinic of Veterinary Medicine, we offer pet owners a way to increase those odds. Microchipping your pet is a safe and easy way to provide your pet the best chance at being returned to you. Microchips are tiny electronic computer chips no bigger than a single grain of rice, inserted under the skin between the shoulder blades. Each chip is equipped with a ten-digit code that is specific to each individual pet. Microchips are safe and cannot be altered in any way. Implantation is a very quick process and causes minimal or no discomfort at all, just like a vaccination. 

If your pet is lost and has been implanted with a microchip, all you have to do is report that your beloved pet is missing. Pet alerts are then sent to the local Veterinarians and shelters, giving your pet a better chance of being recovered. Once “found”, pets can be taken to any Veterinarian office or facility equipped to check for a microchip. Using a scanner, the identification number belonging to your pet will be read. Your pet’s information will be reported to the microchip registry, who will then alert you that your pet has been found and help you be reunited. 

All pets should wear identification collars that have tags with owner contact information; however it is not a safeguard. Typically, collars are worn loosely and can be removed easily. Cat collars are designed to safely “break-away” in the event the animal would get snagged on a tree branch or caught on a fence. Without a collar, there is nothing left for your pet to be identified by, unless they are microchipped. Once implanted with a chip, your pet has identification for life! 

If microchipping is the right decision for you and pet, we would be more than happy to help! We can provide you with more detailed information on microchipping and registration, or schedule an appointment for your pet today!

 

 

 

 

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