Whether a cat claws up a fence or a dog digs a hole large enough to roam free, losing a pet that escaped from your home causes a considerable amount of fear and stress. How do you control the instinct most pets have to escape from the backyard? Well, you can’t control a pet’s instinct, but you should consider identifying a lost pet with microchipping.
Before advancements of technology, trying to find a furry escape artist required hanging posters and knocking on neighborhood doors. Microchip technology has dramatically changed the game for finding escaped pets.
A microchip is a small, electronic device enclosed in a glass cylinder that typically is no larger than a grain of rice. The technology involves a scanner that passes over an area that activates the microchip. After activation, the chip then sends an identification number to the scanner, which displays the pet’s ID number on a computer screen.
Using a hypodermic needle, the chip goes under an upper layer of skin to transmit clear signals. The process to implant the chip is no more painful than a standard annual preventive medicine shot. You can take your pet to a vet or a shelter to have the procedure done.
Once a lost pet goes to a vet or shelter, one of the first things done is to scan the animal to detect the presence of a microchip. After scanning the chip, the professional handling your pet searches a registry to locate the owner’s contact information.
Perhaps the greatest benefit of microchipping your pet is you gain peace of mind knowing that even if your pet decides to play Houdini, you have a viable strategy to locate and recover your furry friend. Here are some other benefits of microchipping your pet:
Hanging posters and knocking on doors is a time-consuming process. Microchipping your pet ensures that if your pet escapes from the backyard, it will not take much time to discover where the escape artist has gone. The faster you find your pet, the less likely your pet will have a dangerous encounter.
Getting your pet microchipped is not an expensive procedure. Making the small investment delivers a rewarding return.
In the digital era where cybersecurity is a major issue, many pet owners wonder if their contact information remains secure at all times. One of the greatest benefits of microchipping a pet is your information is not vulnerable to a security breach.
Unlike tags and collars that display unique identification numbers, it is nearly impossible to tamper with a microchip. This means you do not have to worry about your pet losing an ID tag.
Unfortunately, animal microchips are not GPS-trackable devices. Microchips are radio frequency identification devices (RFID). Meaning they don’t require a power source like a GPS as they do not transmit a signal. In order to be detected, we use a scanning device to pull identification that was stored on the device.
A pet can receive a microchip at any age! Microchips can be injected as early as 8 weeks and any point after that.
Animals that are brought to a shelter, veterinarian center, or SPCA are routinely scanned for a microchip. If your pet has been microchipped then we will be able to detect it with our scanning device.
Collars and tags can be removed or get lost. Microchips are the only truly permanent solution to help identify your pet.
Yes! Cats are naturally curious and can often escape the confines of your home. They are great candidates to receive microchips.