The stress and worry can be overwhelming if your pet goes missing. While a pet microchip doesn’t guarantee you’ll reconnect with your lost animal companion, it will significantly increase your chances! At Day Creek Animal Hospital, our team happily provides pet microchipping services that can provide invaluable peace of mind if your animal ever gets lost.
What Is a Pet Microchip?
A pet microchip is not a GPS device, but it is still highly effective! Here’s how it works:
- A microchip is about the size of a single grain of rice. This device contains a digital identification number linked to an account you create with the microchip registry. This account contains your contact information.
- If a recovered pet is surrendered to an animal shelter or vet hospital, the pet can be “scanned” with a pet microchip scanner. This is non-invasive and involves a wand-like device waved over your animal.
- When a microchip is found, its identification number can be linked to your contact information in the registry, and you can be reunited with your pet.
The Benefits of Pet Microchipping
Pet microchips statistically improve the chances of reuniting owners with lost pets. They are completely invisible and easy to maintain, only requiring occasional check-ins to ensure it’s working correctly.
Unlike ID collars that can be removed or fall off, pet microchips are permanently affixed to your pet. That said, pet ID collars are still crucial to pet safety! We encourage you to have both to help hedge your bets if your animal disappears.
Even if you think there is no way your pet would ever go missing, preparing for the possibility is your best bet.
What to Expect During a Pet Microchipping Appointment
Besides being effective for recovering lost pets, pet microchipping is also great because it’s so easy to implant. The device can be implanted beneath your pet’s skin in a quick office visit with a simple needle. No general anesthesia is required! It’s so quick that most pets don’t even notice.