By Michele C. Hollow of Pet News andViews
We recently adopted two kittens from the pound, and decided to get them microchipped. They are indoor cats, but if they do get out, and it can happen, I want to make sure that they will be returned to me.
A lot of shelters have machines that scan for microchips, so microchipping pets is essential. Too many lost cats and dogs enter animal adoption centers every year, and pets with microchips have a higher chance of being reunited with their owners.
If your pet has a microchip, you should also make sure he has an ID tag on his collar. ID tags should include your pet’s name, your name and address, and telephone numbers (day and evening).
While collars and ID tags are essential, you should consider microchipping your pet because collars and ID tags can fall off and get lost. Microchipping involves implanting a tiny capsule under the pet’s skin, usually between the shoulder blades. Microchips can be used on dogs, cats, ferrets, birds, and other companion pets. The tiny chip is about the size of a grain of rice.
Once your pet is microchipped, you would send the information to a registering agency along with current contact and alternate contact information in the event your pet becomes lost . When a pet is found, any agency with a scanner, including many animal care and control agencies, veterinary clinics, and research labs, can quickly identify a code that links the pet to its owner through a national database.
A Caution about IDs and Microchips
All information should be kept up to date. If you move or change phone numbers, make sure the data on your pet’s ID tag is current. The same goes for your pet’s microchip. Contact the registering agency with your new contact information. You want to make sure your pet is returned to you.
Also be aware that microchips can move. At your pet’s next visit to the vet, make sure the microchip is in the right place.
Does your pet have a microchip?