Pet Microchipping Services
One of the most distressing moments for any pet owner is discovering their beloved one has snuck out and is missing. For an indoor cat or dog, every minute counts being alone outside, facing the dangers of moving cars, wildlife, and stray animals. Once missing, every pet owner wants to do everything they can to have their loved one returned.
Research has shown microchipped pets have a higher rate of being returned home. As pet owners ourselves, we know how painful the experience is looking for a lost family member. Microchipping puts your mind at ease in knowing, if your pet is lost, whoever finds them is equipped with the information needed to get your pet home.
Learn more about our microchipping services at Dr. Phillips Animal Hospital below. Our team is happy to answer any questions or schedule your pet’s appointment today.
What Is Pet Microchipping & How Does It Work?
Pet microchips are small pieces of technology that provide contact information for your pet. A scannable Radio Frequency Identification (or RFID) tag, microchips are the size of a grain of rice and are quick and relatively painless to implant. The microchip is read by a handheld scanner and tells the vet that finds your pet that the animal has an owner, and more importantly, who to contact so they can get home.
How Important is Microchipping Your Pet?
Research conducted at Ohio State University found that when microchipped, cats are 20 times more likely and dogs 2.5 times more likely to be reunited with their owners. All pets turned in at animal shelters, hospitals, or veterinary clinics are first microchipped scanned. This means if your pet is microchipped when they are turned in, they will be returned. Alternatively, if they are not microchipped or do not have their collars, there is no way in telling who to contact or even if your pet has an owner.
No matter how responsible we try to be as pet owners, accidents and mistakes happen. It can happen when a friend accidentally leaves your door or gate open, a leash slips or breaks, or maybe your cat or dog is able to break through a screen door or open window. A microchip provides another way for your pet to be returned safely home.
Microchips Provide Identification, Not Location
Unfortunately, microchips are scannable RFID tags, but they are not tracking devices. Pet microchips do not emit a signal or provide the geographical location of your pet (such as GPS). Pet microchips are instead scannable pieces of technology that store contact information for the register or vet that implanted the microchip. If you upload your information into the pet recovery database, the person who finds your pet will be able to contact you directly.
Pet microchips can’t provide the location of your pet, but they can provide the right information to the vet that finds them that will help your pet get home.
What Pets Should Be Microchipped?
If you have a dog or cat, regardless of whether they are outdoor or indoor they should be microchipped. Even if your pet wears a collar, microchipping is highly recommend as it is a permanent form of identification, where collars are not.
Traveling with your cat or dog? Currently, 102 countries require pets to be microchipped with the microchip meeting the ISO standard (learn more about which countries are included here). If adopting a pet from the pound, check if they may already be microchipped. Microchipping may also be provided by the animal shelter as part of your pet’s adoption.
How Complicated is the Procedure?
Getting your pet microchipped is quick and simple. It’s completed at our hospital during your pet’s appointment or implanted when your pet is spayed or neutered. The microchip comes preloaded in a sterile applicator and is injected under the loose skin on your pet between their shoulder blades. Taking only a few seconds to implant, the microchip will include a register number and their contact details.
After your pet receives a microchip, register your pet’s microchip with a national pet recovery database with your contact information and make sure it is kept up-to-date.
Will Installing It Hurt Your Pet?
For your pet, the experience is equivalent to getting a routine shot or vaccine and does not require anesthesia. If your pet is already undertaking a procedure (such as getting spayed or neutered) it is the perfect time to get them microchipped. Our caring and skilled veterinarian has been performing microchipping services for more than 15 years and will make sure the process is as quick and painless as possible.
Do You Still Need to Microchip Your Pet if They Have a Collar?
Most pets usually have a collar, and we recommend that you get one if yours doesn’t. However, sometimes a collar can fall off, your pet may remove it, or the information may become hard to read. In these moments when your pet can’t be identified with their collar, owners are relieved to know if your pet has been microchipped, it might be their ticket home given microchips are permanent.
What to Do After Your Pet is Microchipped
After your pet receives a microchip, the final step is to register your pet’s microchip with a national pet recovery database such as HomeAgain and provide your contact information so you can be contacted directly should your lost pet be found.
Will Your Pet Notice the Microchip?
Microchips are so small that after being implanted, your pet won’t even know it’s there! But you will. So will any vet or animal hospital that finds your lost pet. They will also be able to return them home, thanks to information available on your pet’s microchip.
How Many Times Should Your Pet Be Microchipped?
Your pet only needs to be microchipped once. Pet microchips are made of biocompatible material, meaning they will not deteriorate over time and are built to last the lifetime of your pet. Microchips also do not require power or have any moving part, meaning they do not wear out over time or need replacing.
Why Choose Our Hospital
Safeguarding your pet for when they are missing starts by taking the small and simple step of getting them microchipped. Given microchipped cats are 20 times more likely to be reunited with their owners and dogs are 2.5 times more likely, where a collar fails, a permanent microchip will save.
Our veterinarian has over 24 years of experience and is a pet microchip expert (H2). Many of the chips we have installed have already helped other pets find their way home.
By choosing Dr. Phillips Animal Hospital, we will help you make the right decision to keep your pet safe by taking a proactive approach to ensuring you both enjoy a long and healthy life together. https://drphillipsanimalhospital.com/locations/main-office/Call us to book your appointment or discuss your pet’s health and safety with one of our friendly staff today at (407) 352-2579.