Everyone seems to love technology and pet microchips have really come into their own. But not every pet owner has heard of or considered getting them when they really should.
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Pet Microchips And Why They Are Needed
Every pet owner wants to keep his or her beloved cat or dog as safe as possible. You do everything you can do to make sure your pet is well cared for and healthy.
If you have an indoor pet, you may not think that keeping identification tags or having pet microchips is important, but it is.
What if your fuzzy feline accidentally slips out of the door at night and you search to no avail? Then what do you do, especially if your dog or cat has no identification?
Placing a collar with an identification tag is important, but collars sometimes become lost.
When you consider the fact that many animal shelters only keep dogs and cats for seven days, you want to make sure that your pet is properly identified. That is where pet microchips come in handy.
Microchips are the newest way to identify lost pets and they help ensure that your lost pooch or feline finds his or her way back home.
The technology of the microchip has become so popular that most animal clinics and animal shelters have the ability to scan a cat or dog for microchip identification.
If you opt for a microchip, you should know that it is a painless procedure for your pet.
Your vet will insert a tiny microchip about the size of a grain of rice directly under your pet’s skin using a hypodermic needle. The microchip is usually placed behind the neck.
Pet microchips contain a special digital number that has been entered on a national microchip database.
That information will give the person your contact information. When your pet is lost, a veterinarian or animal shelter can use a special scanner to retrieve the pet microchips information. It is that easy.
Pet Microchips Are Permanent
Pet owners love the idea of pet microchips because they are permanent. You cannot remove the microchip and unlike a collar or tags, it cannot be lost or destroyed.
This is one of the best features of pet microchips, especially for cats.
When you place a collar on a cat, more than likely it will be a breakaway collar.
If your cat climbs a tree, or is caught on something, the collar breaks off. Without a pet microchip, it will be very difficult to identify your cat if it is found.
Important Things about Pet Microchips
There are a few important things to remember about pet microchips. First, if your pet gets lost, you should never just sit back and wait for a call, even if your pet has a microchip.
Not all veterinarians and shelters are equipped with this technology.
You need to take the time to call around and place “lost pet” flyers around your neighborhood. In addition, you need to make sure you take the time to update your contact information should you move.
It does little to no good to have your pets implanted with pet microchips if the information on the national database is incorrect. Your veterinarian can give you information on how to update this information.
It is important to get your pets implanted with microchips at a young age. Puppies can have the microchip at age six weeks. Even small breeds of dogs can handle this procedure.
Kittens can also undergo this procedure at six weeks. The insertion of pet microchips is not painful and feels like a regular vaccination shot. You can have your pet implanted with a microchip at your veterinarians office.
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