microchip pets

Why is it important to microchip pets?

A microchip is a permanent method of electronic identification. The chip itself is very small; small enough to be implanted just under the skin, between the shoulder blades at the back of an animal’s neck. Each chip has a unique identifier that is detected using a microchip scanner. The microchip number is recorded in a pet database registry with details about the animal and its owner. If a pet become lost, veterinarians and animal shelters can scan them for a microchip and contact their owner via the database.

In addition to reuniting pet owners with their lost animal, microchipping pets is important for several other reasons:

  • Deterrence of Theft:
    Microchips act as a deterrent against pet theft because they make it difficult for thieves to sell or transfer ownership of stolen pets. Shelters and veterinary clinics routinely scan stray or surrendered animals for microchips, helping to identify and return stolen pets to their rightful owners.
  • Medical Information:
    Some advanced microchips have the capability to store medical information about a pet, such as vaccination history, allergies, and chronic conditions. This can be valuable in emergencies when immediate access to a pet’s medical information can aid in providing appropriate treatment.
  • Legal Compliance:
    In many jurisdictions, microchipping is a legal requirement for certain pets. It ensures that pets are properly registered and helps enforce responsible pet ownership laws, such as licensing and vaccination regulations.
  • Permanent and Tamper-Resistant:
    Unlike collars and tags that can fall off or be removed, microchips are permanent and tamper resistant. Once implanted, they remain with the pet throughout its life, providing a reliable means of identification.

It’s important to note that microchipping should be accompanied by regular updates of the owner’s contact information in the microchip registry. If an owner moves or changes their phone number, it is crucial to update the information in the database to ensure the effectiveness of the microchip.

If you’re ready to take the important step to microchip your animal, give us a call or schedule an appointment.


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