Many pets get lost or stolen every year, and many owners never find them, that is why an increasing percentage of people chip their pet every year.Also chipping and registration of dogs and cats is a legal obligation of every owner.
How many pets get lost each year?
– Approximately 10 million pets are lost in the United States each year, and millions end up in national animal shelters. Unfortunately, only 15 percent of dogs and 2 percent of cats in shelters without ID tags or microchips reconnect with their owners.
What is microchip?
-A microchip is a tiny device ( about the size of a grain of rice )that’s implanted just underneath your pet’s skin(usually between the shoulder blades). The microchip itself does not have a battery—it is activated by a scanner that is passed over the area, and the radiowaves put out by the scanner activate the chip. When an animal is microchipped, it possesses a code. Code is actually ID number which is entered into the database together with the owner’s information. This code is loaded using a scanner. Every veterinary station, ambulance and zoohygienic service has access to the database. Each country has its own database, though, so it may not help if your pet crosses the border.
How long does a microchip last?
-The lifespan of the microchip is 25 years; so you should only need to install a chip once in your pet’s life.
Is the microchip harmful?
-No it’s 100% safe.It hurts about as much as drawing blood, although the needle is slightly larger than the one used for injection ( No surgery or anesthesia is required). Misconceptions that the chip can enter the blood system or radiate are completely unfounded and incorrect. The microchip cannot be moved and it can only be removed by surgery
Which animals can be microchipped?
– Many animals can be microchipped (dogs, cats, horses, rodents, birds, reptiles, fishes, goats, sheep, miniature pigs, rabbits, deer, ferrets and so on.)
Can I microchip my own pet?
-NO! Microchips should really be implanted under supervision by a veterinarian, because veterinarians know where the microchips should be placed, know how to place them, and know how to recognize the signs of a problem and treat one if it occurs.
How much does it cost to microchip a pet?
– The price varies,but average cost to have a microchip implanted by a veterinarian is around $45.
Why does my pet need a microchip when he’s already wearing a tag collar?
-Remeber! Only a microchip provides permanent ID that cannot fall off, be removed, or become impossible to read.
Very important to say
-Your pet needs your attention, time and dedication, so think carefully before you take on the obligation and responsibility of keeping a pet. Chipping and registration are part of that responsibility