Ever heard of a microchip for a pet? Losing a pet is one of the hardest events a person can overcome, and an unsuccessful search can deem heartbreaking. More than 10 million pets are lost each year, but are you aware there is a new method that can bring your lost pet back home?
Sure, tags and branding have been more traditional methods of keeping our furry children home however are not a proven method. The new method mentioned above comes in a tiny capsule that resembles a grain of rice called a microchip. This small microchip is a tiny computer chip that has a permanent identification number programmed into it. Unlike tags that can be removed and branding that can be erased by damaging the tissue, microchips can not be reprogrammed or removed.
According to the American Humane Association, only about 17% of lost dogs and 2% of lost cats ever find their owners after being lost. In fact, more than 20 million pets are euthanized each year because “animal rescue units” can not find the original owners. The option of micro chipping is a “no-brainer” in my view. The procedure is done by most veterinarians today by a hypodermic needle. This hypodermic needle will contain a small microchip that contains your pets’ permanent identification number. The veterinarian can do the procedure in about thirty seconds and does not hurt pets.
After seeing the needle myself, I was a little nervous since our furry canine is was a little less than ten pound. She did notice the needle going into the top layer of her skin however she was not traumatized by the procedure. The needle was placed between the shoulder blades in the loose skin. Even though there is no anesthesia used, most pets do not recognize the needle at all. If our spoiled little one can handle the procedure at one month of age, any pet can handle it. There was a little bump after the procedure for a few days however nothing more than a small mosquito bite. It slowly went away though.
Once the microchip is implanted, it can not be removed by anyone, even by veterinarians. Once the microchip is in the skin it is surrounded by a layer of connective tissue which permanently stabilizes the microchip. This small connective tissue that grows around the microchip is the small bump that was seen on our dog. Since she was small, we could see it however I have seen larger pets get micro chipped and a bump was not seen. In addition, long term research has been conducted and shows that it is completely safe.
Every veterinarian and animal rescue unit has scanners to obtain the identification number of the lost micro chipped pet. These handheld scanners look like the scanners that are used everyday at stores to scan barcodes. This microchip then can be recognized by all veterinarian and animal rescue units around the world! Make sure that the veterinarian checks the identification number before implanting the chip to assure it is working properly. In addition, have the veterinarian double check the microchip with the scanner before leaving. The veterinarian should do scanning in front of you, if it has not been done, ask for it.
All veterinary and animal rescue units are required to scan each animal that comes into the facility. Therefore after the procedure has been completed, fill out necessary paperwork that is required by the company. Your veterinarian will give you this paperwork. Once a micro chipped pet is found, the microchip identification number and manufacturer will be seen on the scanner. The manufacturer will be contacted with the identification number found and will be given your name and contact information that was filled out on the paperwork. Then, the lost pet will find its way home without any difficulty. It is a fool proof system and every pet owner should take advantage of this method.
Some of the most popular manufacturers being used today by veterinarians are Schering-Plough HomeAgain microchip and AVID (American Veterinary Identification Devices). Since all scanners can read these two manufacturer companies, it is suggested to use these two brand names. If other manufacturers are used, the scanner will notice that there is a microchip however it will take a little more time to find the owner to the lost pet. All microchips all 100% successful! In fact, the AKC Companion Animal Recovery program states that 126,034 lost pets have been reunited with their owners thanks to this new method of microchips. In fact, stolen pets have also been reunited with the original owners with high rates of return.
For more information about this method, talk to your veterinarian. Since this system has a 100% return rate for lost pets and is safe for all pets, it is something that every pet owner should consider. In this modern world, there are accidents that happen all the time, therefore protecting your pet is important.