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Microchips for Pets

microchips for petsEvery year many pets go missing or run away. You can ensure your pet will be returned to you by installing a microchip for your pet. Pets that have microchips have a better chance of being reunited with their families. Everyday over 20 pets are returned because they had a microchip. Here are a few facts to help you understand how microchips work.

Does My Pet Need a Microchip?

All pets that could potentially get lost need to have a microchip. They work well on dogs, cats, horses, parrots as well as other animals. In some countries they are mandatory on some animals. They are also may be required if you travel with your pet out of the country.

According to your Lexington veterinarian, even if you have a dog or cat tag and collar with your contact information, it is not enough. Collars can come off and with internal microchips for pets you don’t have to worry that your pet will lose his or her collar or that someone will remove it.

How Do Microchips for Pets Work?

A pet microchip is a small device, about the size of a grain of rice that is placed under the skin of your pet. It doesn’t hurt when they are inserted. They may feel a small pinch like a vaccination. Your Veterinary in Lexington will place it in the exact spot it needs to be in so that it can be located if your pet ever gets lost. The microchip lays dormant in the skin until a scanner activates it. The scanner will read the frequency of your device and give the number that is uniquely given to your pet. This number can be looked up in the pet microchip directory where your contact information is stored.

The pet microchip is not a tracking device or GPS. It also doesn’t have any contact information on it. You will have to keep your contact information up to date on the microchip registry for it to locate you.

Pets Benefit With Microchip Technology

Most veterinarians, clinics and other animal agencies have access to the microchip online registry. This means if your pet is lost or stolen, a simple scan can help identify you as the rightful owner.

Besides reuniting you with your pet, some microchip agencies offer added benefits such as hot lines in case of emergency and travel arrangements if your pet gets lost long distance. Alerts are also broadcast to participating agencies if your pet is missing.

Your Veterinary in Lexington Can Help

Even the best pet owners sometimes lose their pets. Even if your pet always stays by your side, it is best to protect you and your pet by providing them with a microchip. For a small price you can have peace of mind that if your pet were to get separated you could find them.

If you have any questions about our microchip procedures please call Locust Trace Veterinary Clinic and we will be happy to help.