What does a microchip do? Can it track my pets if they run away from home? Why should we get them microchipped?
To Microchip or Not To Microchip in Rice Military
Dear To Microchip…,
The month of May just so happens to be “Chip Your Pet Month,” so this is a valuable and timely question. With growing technology in the veterinary field, new measures of protection for companion animals are now available to owners at a low cost. Microchipping, one of the newest ways to locate and identify lost animals, is growing in popularity and efficiency.
What Is A Microchip?
A microchip is a glass encased device that bears an identification number unique to every marked animal. Once the microchip is inserted under the animal’s skin (which is a painless procedure and can be done at your annual vet check-up), and registered with the device’s company, the microchip can be activated with a scanner at a veterinarian’s office or local animal shelter. With no batteries or power source required to activate a microchip, this device will provide a permanent identity for your pet that will last their entire lifetime. Contrary to popular belief, a microchip can’t track your pet–it’s merely an internal source of identification.
Microchips, which are about the size of a grain of rice, can be installed into dogs, cats, horses, ferrets, and most other mammals. But just getting your pet chipped isn’t enough…don’t forget to register your chip to your name and phone number. Also, if you move to another address or change phone numbers, you will be required to update this information with your microchip’s company. A microchip will only bring your pet home if your contact information is kept up to date.
Can’t A Collar With Tags Do The Same Thing?
Many owners protect and identify their pet with a personalized collar. While this method can certainly help identify your pet, there are many strong advantages in microchipping your animal. For instance, pet collars may fall or slip off, and personalized tags may become unreadable after several years. Microchips do not face any of these challenges and have no chance of being removed, no matter where Fido wanders off to.
A Collar Provides Quick and Easy Identification
Even if your pet has been microchipped, providing a collar for your pet is still important for providing quick and easy identification.
Especially as dogs get older and might not know how to get home, if inadvertently let out of the house or yard, you can rest easy knowing that if your dog gets lost with a microchip, he has a much better chance of making his way home.
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