What Are The Benefits Of Microchipping Your Pet?
For pet owners, the thought of the pet getting lost or stolen is a scary scenario; unfortunately, this is a reality for millions of dogs and cats each year. There are a number of different ways to identify your pet, such as using tags that include your name and address; however, the most effective source of identification is microchipping. A microchip is a small electronic circuit that your veterinarian in Del Mar, CA implants under your pet’s skin, usually between their shoulder blades. Microchipping is a quick, outpatient procedure that significantly increases the chances of pets being returned to their owners if lost.
How Does Microchipping Work?
A microchip is not a GPS tracking device, so it cannot tell you exactly where your pet is, but if your pet becomes lost, they can be taken to veterinary hospitals, such as All Creatures Hospital or animal shelters to be scanned if found by another person. Each microchip inserted by All Creatures Hospital is numbered and the number is stored in a central database. The information stored contains your information, so if missing pets are found, a handheld scanner is used to read the number and your contact information is retrieved and you will be contacted with information about where you can retrieve your pet.
Benefits of Microchipping
ID tags on your pet’s collar are highly recommended but unfortunately, if your pet is stolen their tags are usually immediately removed. If this happens, a microchip may be the only way for you to prove that it is your pet. Some of the benefits of having your pet microchipped include:
- Microchipping greatly increases the chances of your pet coming home
- Unlike ID tags, microchips cannot get lost
- Microchip hotlines that offer advice and support are usually available 24/7
- Microchip companies sometimes offer pet alerts, which send information to local veterinarians, shelters and citizens
Keep in mind that once a microchip is inserted, it is your responsibility to keep your contact information updated.
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