One of the worst feelings to experience as a pet owner is a realization that your pet has gone missing. Only 17% of dogs and 2% of cats make it back to their owners—which can make it feel like you’ll never see your pet again if they get lost.
So what is a microchip?
A microchip is a permanent identification chip, about the size of a grain of rice, that is inserted by an injection under the skin in between the shoulder blades of your pet. Every chip has its own barcode assigned to it which is used to register your information to in the event your pet becomes lost and is later found. It is VERY important that you keep your information updated should your pet ever become lost.It is a common misconception that microchips are also a GPS tracking device, however, it is not. It is simply a permanent way to identify your pet in the absence of a collar and tag.
Downtown Veterinary Clinic uses Home Again brand microchips which are also accepted for international traveling requirements. They offer extensive pet recovery services including lost pet insurance and travel expenses for pets lost out of town.
For more FAQs and information on microchipping as well as the services provided by Home Again, please visit www.homeagain.com
Downtown Veterinary Clinic wants to encourage you to consider microchipping your pet, even if they live entirely indoors–because even indoor pets can escape and become lost. Unlike collars and tags, microchips can’t fall off and they serve as permanent identification for a pet’s entire life. Microchips are also rated for 25 years, meaning they never need to be removed or recharged during your pet’s lifetime.
Microchipping a pet is simple, relatively painless and very affordable. Once implanted, authorities only need to scan the chip to locate your information. But remember: a microchip is only useful if your contact information is updated.
Downtown Veterinary Clinic believes microchipping is the safest, most effective method of pet recovery available, helping reunite more than 15,000 lost pets to their owners every month. To get your pet “chipped”, request an appointment online or call us at 414-323-7587.