Microchipping

Even indoor pets can get outside accidentally and get lost - The ASPCA estimates that 40% of all lost cats are “indoor only” pets who accidentally got out!

Each year, thousands of pets go missing, and many don’t make it back home. Many pets – especially indoor pets – don’t wear collars or tags. And – even if your pet wears a collar and identification tag, collars can break off and tags can become damaged and unreadable, so these forms of identification may not be enough to ensure your pet’s safe return. Your pet needs a form of identification that is reliable and can’t get lost, stolen, or damaged. A microchip is a safe, permanent, simple form of identification that can significantly increase the chance that your pet will return safely. Microchipping is a safe, effective way to help ensure your pet’s return if the unthinkable happens.

A microchip is about the size and shape of a grain of rice and is placed underneath your pet’s skin between the shoulder blades. Microchip implantation takes only a few minutes and is very safe. Each microchip is unique and carries vital information about your pet including your name, address, and contact information.  

Registering the number on the microchip places your pet in a national pet recovery database. Veterinary hospitals, animal shelters, and animal control offices across the country are equipped with special electronic scanners that can detect the microchip and read the identification number. If a lost pet is picked up by animal control or found by a Good Samaritan and presented to a veterinarian, a quick scan of the microchip reveals the identification number (this is a free service to the community). A toll-free phone call to the pet recovery database alerts the microchip company that a lost pet has been identified. The pet owner can then be contacted and reunited with his or her pet!

Note: Pennsylvania requires current dog licenses and has stepped up efforts in Montgomery County to ensure compliance. Dogs are eligible for a lifetime dog license IF they have a permanent form of identification (microchip or tattoo). Our hospital can provide the forms for a lifetime dog license to those interested in applying for one.

Resources:

www.freepetregistry.com – Register your pet here or through your vet!

www.petmicrochiplookup.org – Lookup your pet’s chip # to make sure it is registered.