Getting your Canine Buddy Back if Ever Lost!
Updated: Apr 23, 2019
Microchipping your Buddy for National Pet ID Week: Apr 15-21, 2018
The American Humane Association estimates over 10 million dogs and cats are lots or stolen in the U.S. every year. That is one in three pets!
Ways to get your dog back includes collar tags, tracking devices, and microchips. Let’s focus on microchips.
What is a microchip?
A microchip is an ID for your pet. It is the size of a grain of rice and goes beneath the skin in the neck scruff. If your pet gets lost, a good samaritan can take them to a vet or shelter to check for this microchip and get your buddy back home!
The cost is usually $25-50 depending on your veterinarian, and the longevity is over 20 years.
Why a microchip?
The return rate for lost dogs who enter shelters is only 22%; however, the return rate for microchipped dogs is over 52%!
While dogs might lose their collars and tags, or if stolen, the thief can remove them, a microchip cannot be removed and you can prove your dog is yours.
Also, these days, there are also other cool options such as pet doors that recognize your dog’s chip and let them in (but not the possum). They are not, however, tracking devices.
How does a microchip work?
Each microchip contains a registration number and the phone number of the registry for the particular brand of chip. A handheld scanner reads the radio frequency of the chip and displays this information. An animal shelter or veterinarian who finds your pet can contact the registry to get your name and phone number, and reunite you both.
Updating the information
Be sure that if you have any changes to your phone number, ownership, and/or address that you contact the registration provider.
How to microchip your pet
Make an appointment with your vet today! It will give you peace of mind in case your pet does get lost.