A missing dog or cat can be a terrifying feeling for pet owners. The best chance for owners to be reunited with a missing pet is for him or her to have a microchip that a veterinarian or shelter can scan. Using implant technology and a national database with pet owner information, this easy and safe procedure offers peace of mind where removable collars and tags fall short.
Pet Microchipping: Separating Fact from Fiction
There are a number of misconceptions about a pet microchip, so let’s take a closer look at what the chip is and what it isn’t.
|What pet microchipping isn’t
||What pet microchipping is
|A microchip does not broadcast a signal and has no internal power source.
||Microchips are the size of a grain of rice with very small electrical components.
|Microchips do not act as a GPS system, allowing you to track down your pet’s exact location.
||Microchips are used to pick up a string of unique numbers tied to a database with pet owner contact information.
|Microchipping is not foolproof, as it still requires a human to take a lost pet to a shelter or veterinarian that can scan for microchips.
||With increased awareness about this procedure, microchipping increases the odds of pets being reunited with their owners.
|Microchips are not all made by the same manufacturer.
||Most shelters and veterinarians have “universal” microchip scanners that can pick up several different types of chips, but occasionally a scanner may not read certain brands or frequencies.
|Microchipping is not a surgical procedure.
||Veterinarians use a needle to implant the microchip under the pet’s skin between the shoulder blades.
|Microchipping is not a painful process.
||The process literally takes just a few seconds, and can be done even on small pets while they are fully awake. Most pets barely even flinch.
|Microchips are not easily removed and cannot fall out.
||Microchips are permanently implanted and cannot be easily found even with surgery.
Need more information?
Whether you have a new puppy or kitten, or an adult dog or cat, microchipping can give you peace of mind beyond the collar and tag. If you are interested in getting your pet microchipped, you can contact your local Banfield Pet Hospital to schedule an appointment.
Also, be sure to ask your Banfield vet which of the Optimum Wellness Plans would work best for your pet. Since all plans come with early screening for serious illness and routinely recommended vaccinations, you can easily fit a microchipping procedure in with your pet’s preventive care appointments.