What is a microchip and does my pet really need one?
Confused about Microchips in Oak Forest
Dear Confused about Microchips,
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’s 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 checkup), 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 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 collars 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 advantages to 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 goes.
Collars provide quick, 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, or if they’re 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.
Animal Justice League is offering FREE microchips to pets on Saturday, Oct. 5 at Stevens Elementary (1910 LaMonte Ln.) from 9 a.m.-noon. All eligible pets must be domestic family pets and all dogs must be on leash and cats in carriers. Do not miss out on this fabulous opportunity to keep your pets safe! Go to www.animaljusticeleague.org to learn more.
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