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Microchipping 101

Has your furry friend been microchipped yet? If not, we strongly advise you to see to this as soon as possible. Getting your pet chipped is a very simple and quick procedure, but it’s one of the best things you can do to protect your furry friend. A local Georgian Bay, ON veterinarian discusses the basics of microchipping in this article.

Why Microchip?

The statistics on lost pets are very sad. Nearly one in three pets will go missing at some point during their lives. Having a microchip will greatly increase the chances of you and your pet being reunited, should your furry pal be lost or stolen. One study showed that, while only 22 percent of dogs were returned to their owners from a shelter, over half of the pooches that made it home were microchipped. The numbers for kitties are even more sobering. Overall, only 2 percent of cats were reunited with their parents, but of those that were, 38 percent had chips.

The Procedure

Getting a microchip is quite a simple process. Your vet will use a hypodermic needle to inject the microchip under your pet’s skin. This is very much like getting a vaccination, and can be worked into any veterinary care appointment.

How Microchips Work

Microchips don’t actually contain your contact information. Each chip has only a unique ID number, which correlates to your records in the manufacturer’s database. The ID number can be read with a special scanner at shelters or veterinary clinics. Most shelters scan pets at intake.

Keeping Your Records Current

Getting your furbaby microchipped is only the first step. You’ll need to be sure to fill out the required paperwork, so your pet’s records in the manufacturer’s database are correct. This is very important! You’ll also need to update your records whenever you move or change your contact information. If your pet does have a chip, try using the Universal Pet Microchip Lookup tool to see if your records are correct. This site contains information from most, though not all, of the major chip manufacturers. We also recommend having your vet check your furry pal’s chip regularly, to make sure it is still functioning correctly and hasn’t moved or slipped.

Does your furry pal need a microchip? Call us today! As your Georgian Bay, ON animal clinic, we are here to serve all your pet’s veterinary care needs.

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