WebVet Shares Microchipping Facts for National Pet ID Week

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Microchipping is the best way to ensure you will be reunited with your pet if he or she becomes lost.


Microchips cannot be easily misread, and the permanent identification number is tamperproof.

It's National Pet Identification Week -- the perfect time for pet owners to make sure they have taken every precaution to be reunited with a pet if he or she becomes lost.

Collars with pet identification are accessible to anyone who finds a lost pet, but tags can become hard to read, and collars can be broken or removed. Microchipping pets is a method of permanent identification. Microchips cannot be easily misread, and the permanent identification number is tamperproof. The information about the pet and owner is usually readily retrievable.

What is a pet microchip?

A microchip is a very tiny electronic device that is encoded with an identification number unique to each pet. Once implanted, the microchip provides a permanent form of identification that cannot be lost or easily removed.

How is this device implanted?

The microchip is inserted under the skin using a hollow needle, much like vaccination. This procedure is relatively painless, but some owners choose to have it done when their animal is under anesthesia for a spay or neuter.

What happens after the chip is implanted?

A veterinarian will provide the information needed to register the pet with the appropriate agency. Be sure to keep contact information updated, because accurate information is needed to reunite a pet owner with their loved one.

What happens if the pet is lost?

Most, if not all, humane societies and animal shelters now have microchip readers, and these organizations routinely scan all stray and injured animals. The ID number is then passed along to the appropriate agency, which arranges for the pet to be returned.

For more information about microshipping your pet, click here.

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