The best thing you can do for a lost pet is to be properly prepared before it happens. That’s why we always recommend that our clients have their pets microchipped.
Microchipping is a permanent and safe way to identify your pet in case he or she gets lost. A microchip is a tiny device roughly the size and shape of a grain of rice. It’s placed just under the loose skin at the back of the neck. When a lost cat or dog without a collar tag is found, a veterinarian or veterinary technician will use a handheld microchip scanner to check for a chip. If a pet has one, it will transmit the ID number to the scanner using a low-frequency radio wave. Once they’ve obtained the ID number they’ll contact the chip manufacturer to retrieve the pet owner’s contact information.
Even the most responsible pet owners can’t always prevent their pet from getting lost. A leash can break or slip out of your hand, a pet can push through a screen door or window, or a contractor or friend may accidentally leave a gate or door open.
We always recommend that pet owners have their dog or cat microchipped in addition to a collar with an ID tag. Pets with up-to-date tags are more likely not to end up in a shelter and they tend to get returned home faster than animals without tags. However, collars and tags aren’t permanent while a microchip is, making it the most effective way to keep tabs on your pet. Pets without microchips that end up in shelters may be adopted out to another owner, or in some cases, even euthanized.
Please give us a call to schedule an appointment to have your pet microchipped. Although we hope that your pet never becomes lost, we want you to be prepared in case it does happen. We can also help you formulate a plan ahead of time for what to do if your pet goes missing.
We can microchip ferrets, rabbits, birds, and other companion animals, too!
This minimally invasive procedure allows us to see inside an animal’s body and take biopsies without surgical intervention