Microchips 101

Microchips 101

Has your pet been microchipped yet? If not, we recommend that you see to this as soon as possible. Microchipping is a very quick procedure, which will only take a few moments. However, it may one day save your furry buddy’s life! A Marshall, TX vet discusses microchipping in this article.

How Microchips Work

Microchips don’t transmit any information. Nor do they incorporate GPS technology, though this may change in the future. Each microchip contains only a unique ID number. This number, which can be read with special scanners used by veterinarians and animal shelters, correlates to the pet’s records in the chipmaker’s database. That’s how microchips form an invisible link between people and their animal companions.

The Statistics

The statistics on lost pets and microchips are very sobering. Nearly one in three pets will get lost at some point in their lives. That’s over ten million pets annually! In one study by the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, only 22 percent of lost dogs were reunited with their humans. However, 52 percent of the pooches with microchips made it back home. (Most of the other dogs’ records were missing or incomplete, so their owners could not be contacted.) The statistic for kitties is even more dramatic. Only two percent of lost cats were returned home. However, 38 percent of the microchip kitties were reunited with their owners.

The Process

For Fido and Fluffy, getting a microchip is very much like getting a shot. Your vet will inject the chip beneath your pet’s skin, using a hypodermic needle. The procedure can be worked into any veterinary appointment or scheduled by itself. There is no recovery time needed, aside from perhaps a few ear scritches. Ask your vet for more information.

Record Maintenance

Getting the chip is only part of the process. You’ll need to fill out some forms to make sure that your information is correct in the chipmaker’s database. Whenever you move or change your contact information, you’ll have to update these records. If your furry friend has been microchipped, try using the Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool to check your information. We also recommend having your vet check the chip during your pet’s regular appointments, to make sure it hasn’t moved or malfunctioned.

Do you want to schedule an appointment for microchipping? Call us, your local Marshall, TX animal clinic, anytime!

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