Microchipping – An effective way to protect your pet from loss and theft.


Dr. Karen Halligan

-      Because identification tags on a pet's collar or halter can come off, micro-chipping is a good way to ensure that your pet will be returned to you if lost.

-      Microchips are a tiny computer chip, the size of a rice grain, with an identification number programmed into it. This chip is injected deeply under the skin of your pet's neck, usually between the shoulder blades. The injection itself is the same as any regular vaccination and will leave no physical side effects.

-      A special scanner is used to send a radio signal through the skin of your pet to read the chip. The animal feels nothing as the scanner is passed over him and the chip is read. The microchip number is then relayed to the scanner where it is displayed.

-      No two microchip numbers will ever be the same, so you can be assured that your pet's microchip number is totally unique. The chip itself has no power supply to replace or moving parts to wear out, and therefore it can be expected to last decades, will beyond the lifespan of your pet.

-      You must then register your pets chip number to a database which will trace your pet back to you if found. If you move you just need to contact the chip company and give them your new address.

-      Puppies and kittens can be chipped as early as 8 weeks old and microchips are suitable for almost any pet including horses, reptiles, rabbit's, birds, exotics and even fish.

-      A microchip is completely permanent, it cannot be cut off or altered and if you pet is stolen or worse yet sold to a research facility, he will be returned because most research facilities will not take any dog or animal that has a microchip implanted.

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