|Posted by William Steube on April 10, 2014 at 10:30 PM|
We are now microchipping our puppies upon request. Please call for Details
WHAT IS A MICROCHIP?
A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is encoded with a unique ID number that will be assigned to your pet. No two microchips have the same ID number.
The microchip is placed between your dog’s or cat’s shoulder blades under a veterinarian’s supervision.
Implantation is quick, easy and virtually painless — similar to a vaccine injection — and can be performed during a regular veterinary check-up visit.
HOW A MICROCHIP IS READ
A microchip is not a tracking device. It can only be “turned on” for a few seconds at a time by a handheld microchip scanner that is passed over the area the microchip is implanted to read the microchip’s unique ID number.
Veterinarians and shelters have these scanners and use them to help lost pets all of the time.
Veterinarians also check pet’s microchips during annual wellness exams to make sure all is working properly and secondly to start a conversation about whether or not your information is up to date on your pet’s microchip enrollment record.
WHY ENROLLING A MICROCHIP IS IMPORTANT
As a member of AAHA Pet Microchip Lookup, we enroll any brand of microchip! When you enroll your pet’s microchip, your pet’s ID is linked to your name, phone numbers, emergency contacts and other vital information in AKC Reunite’s database. When your lost pet is found, we can then immediately send you text messages, emails and begin contacting all the phone numbers on your pet’s record to reunite you as quickly as possible.
Also, if you ever need to update your pet’s information, because of a move or new job, you can make updates to your pet’s enrollment online or by emailing us for no additional charge!
FIVE REASONS TO MICROCHIP
Collars break and pet id tags can fall off; some pets don’t even wear collars.
Just because your pet lives inside there’s no guarantee of its safety. Linda Lord DVM, of Ohio State University, reports:
According to her 2009 study, pets with microchips are up to 20 times more likely to be returned to their owners.
40% of lost cats in one community were indoor-only cats and only 19% of cats reported lost had any sort of identification.
We don’t like to think about it, but disasters can happen displacing pets from their homes and owners.
Microchips are permanent identification that can help prove ownership if a pet is stolen.
Microchips are required when traveling internationally.