Trigger may run after a squirrel. Fifi could be abducted by a thief. Freedom may flee during fireworks. Or Houdini could simply wriggle out of the fence. It can happen to anyone, and any pet, but when the chips are down, a microchipped pet is almost twice as likely to be returned home.*
Chip Investing. Microchipping remains the safest, most dependable method of identifying a pet that has been separated from her owner. A microchip tiny is a tiny electronic chip with a unique number that is entered into a database that also has your contact information. The chip is implanted just under your dog or cat’s skin, right at the back of the neck. When a microchip scanner moves over a pet’s microchip, a radio frequency emits the number.
Putting on the Chips. When a pet is microchipped, a topical local anesthethic is applied between the pet’s shoulder blades. The needle is about the size of what is used on humans when they donate blood. It’s relatively painless, and a spoonful of peanut butter or other preferred treat serves well as a distraction.
A Side of Chips. Many breeders have puppies microchipped with their first set of shots, while some pet owners elect to do this when their pet is spayed or neutered. Of course, we can do it for you at any time.
Chip Chip Hooray! Should your pet get separated from you, microchipping protects your pet, and gives you peace of mind that should they get lost or stolen, Trigger or Fifi or Freedom or Houdini will be returned to you safe and sound.
Don’t let the chips fall where they may. If your pet hasn’t been chipped, or if you want to make sure that a microchip is still emitting as it should, call us for an appointment.