Springbrook_iStock_000035520952_LargeAs your pet jumps the fence or slips through the front door when you are bringing home the groceries, a feeling of dread washes over you. A lost pet brings out a certain kind of panic in pet owners that quickly evolves into worry-filled fear, sadness, and even mourning.

However, with the advent of all things wonderfully technological, microchipping your pet adds powerful solace to your hopeful lost-pet search. If thousands of cases worldwide are any comfort, microchipping may be your best bet for facilitating a sweet reunion.

Safe, Easy, and Effective

Microchipping your pet adds extra security in case he or she gets lost, stolen, or unwittingly adopted by another family. Although never a substitute for a collar, tags, and license, microchips enhance the possibility of a safe homecoming.

Microchipping your pet can be done at the same time as his or her spay/neuter procedure, or during any wellness visit since it doesn’t require surgery or anesthesia. Here’s what you need to know to prepare for microchipping your pet:

  • Typically placed between the shoulder blades or back of the neck, microchips are placed just under the skin by a modified syringe and a larger bore needle
  • Any pain or discomfort your pet experiences would be similar to a vaccination
  • The microchip, about the size of a grain of rice, is encapsulated with biocompatible glass and remains embedded within your pet’s connective tissue
  • The microchip is considered inert, as it has no battery and no internal power source
  • The microchip, when read by a scanner, is charged and, through radio waves, sends the chip’s 15-digit identification number to a scanner

Next Steps

Once your pet is microchipped, you must register your information with the chip’s manufacturer, which is connected to a national microchip database. Microchipping your pet is only beneficial if you register your pet’s chip with your current contact information (and remember to keep it updated).

When animals are brought to a shelter, rescue, or veterinary clinic, one of the first steps involves scanning for a microchip. If the database brings up your pet’s numeric code, chances are, you two will be reunited very soon.

Strays are always scanned prior to being placed for adoption.

Microchipping Your Pet

Collars are definitely worth it to show other people that your pet belongs to you, but some collars are designed to pop off and others can simply be removed by a thief. Microchipping your pet is truly the only permanent means of proving your pet belongs with you. Your personal information is only visible to those with a scanner and access to the national registry.

Both the ASPCA and Peta support the benefits of microchipping your pet as well as most shelter and rescue groups and veterinarians. Nationwide, when nearly half of all animals in shelters meet an untimely end through euthanasia, microchipping is the best insurance for positively identifying a lost pet.

The Pet Experts are here for you should you have any questions or concerns about microchipping your pet. We look forward to seeing both of you soon!