Have you ever opened your door and your cat scoots out from between your legs? Has your gate ever been accidently left open and you only realize when it’s too late? Did this happen when you thought they were safely inside so they didn’t have on their collar and tags? Or what if the collar or tags come off? There are many simple reasons why a pet can get outside and end up lost. What’s the first thing you feel when you realize your pet hasn’t returned home or you can’t find them. Panic? Stress? What do you do from there?
While it is always still helpful to post on lost pet websites, put up signs and put out food and familiar smells around your house so they can hopefully find their way home, if your pet has a microchip, you can rest easier knowing that if your pet is found and taken to a vet or shelter, they can scan them for a microchip and reunite you and your furbaby. You can notify your microchip company of your missing pet so they are aware and some will even then notify animal services, shelters and clinics in your area.
So, what is a microchip? A microchip is a small implant, about the size of a grain of rice, which uses passive RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology. This is a permanent pet ID that will last their entire life.
So how does this procedure work? This is only a few second procedure performed by your veterinarian that is so simple, sometimes only a small amount of local anesthetic needs to be used. They simply inject this small microchip under the surface of skin, between their shoulder blades. You will receive all information necessary to register your pets’ microchip directly to you. Without registering your pets chip with your information, it is simply an ID code, so this is an important step to remember.
Scanning for a microchip:
Scanning for a microchip is very simple; a microchip scanner, which emits a low radio frequency, is used which locates the chip and up pops the personalized identification number.
Once that ID is obtained the next step can be done by either you or the staff who scanned for the chip. This number can be entered into the AAHA Pet Universal Pet Microchip Lookup site which can be found at http://www.petmicrochiplookup.org/ This is not a microchip registry; however, it will identify the manufacturer or the registry in which this chip is registered under. This means that it will not give the owner information, but you then have a number to call to get it.
Ask your veterinarian about getting a microchip for your furry family member to make sure they can be returned safely to you. And if your pet already has one, remember to register it with your information.