Microchip Your Pet
But My Pet Has A Collar.
Estimates are that 1 in 3 pets will go missing. Leashes can break. Collars can be removed.
What does happen if your pet is lost? What are the odds of your pet being returned to you?
As slim as 22 percent if you are a dog owner and only 2 percent if you are a cat owner (Lord et al, JAVMA, July 15, 2009).
Increase the odds of being reunited with your lost pet by microchipping your pet AND registering the chip number with the manufacturer.
Microchip Your Pet & Register
August 15th is “Check the Chip” Day. The two leading veterinary medical organizations in the U.S. are sponsoring this day of awareness to get pet owners to verify their pet’s microchip is actually registered (click here to verify your microchip IDs). If you microchip your pet, you must register the number with the company that manufactured the microchip. Without this registration, your pet’s microchip number is not linked to you!
Leary about registering? One of our staff walks you through her experience. Get the inside scoop here.
Microchipping Is Easy
We encourage all pet owners to microchip their pets. It takes just a few minutes and can mean the difference between a happy ending and a tragic one. Watch our short video or read about microchipping here.
Microchipping doesn’t hurt. We apply a numbing medicine to the skin first. It really feels no worse than getting poked with a needle. (Okay, that’s not great, but…)
Your contact information is kept private with the microchip company. No clinic will see your contact information from scanning your pet’s microchip. When we scan a lost pet, all we see if a microchip number. From there, we call the microchip company, provide that information, and THEY contact the owner.
A microchip is NOT a GPS tracking device. It’s for identification only.
More and more products are on the market that link to a pet’s microchip. Take for example a food dish that locks and only will open for a specific pet’s microchip. If you have 2 pets and need to feed different diets (the worst!) this might solve your problem.