National Pet ID Week is a great time to make sure that your pet has proper identification and that it’s up-to-date. According to a survey conducted by the Association for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, only one-third of pet parents stated their dog or cat always wore some type of identification. This is despite knowing just how important it is.
Another sobering statistic is that one of every three household pets gets separated from their families at least once in their lifetime. That amounts to 10 million lost pets each year. Without identification, few of these pets make it home.
A Tag and Collar is Good, But May Not Be Enough
A tag attached to a pet’s collar stating his or her name and owner’s telephone number has been the primary source of pet identification for a long time. The problem with relying on a tag is that it can easily fall off or the lettering can become faded and difficult to read. A collar can get caught on something and break off. While you can still have a tag and collar for your pet, we recommend taking things one step further and having a microchip implanted as well.
What is a Microchip?
A Pet microchips is a tiny device about the size of a grain of rice. It contains only a number that you register with a pet location database. The microchip typically goes under a flap of loose skin near your pet’s shoulder blade. From your dog or cat’s perspective, having a microchip implanted feels similar to getting a vaccine. The entire procedure takes just a few minutes.
After a quality check to ensure that your pet’s microchip is activated, you need to contact the agency that keeps database records. You should provide your full name, pet’s name, address, and telephone number. It’s important to remember to update your information if you move or get a new phone number. You can include more than one number, such as your cell phone, home, or work.
How a Microchip Can Reunite You with Your Lost Pet
Most veterinary clinics and animal shelters have a microchip scanner and routinely scan pets brought in without an owner. If you have registered with a database, the staff can retrieve your contact information and let you know where to pick up your pet. It only takes a moment for a pet to get lost. Having a microchip implanted in addition to your pet wearing a tag and collar gives you peace of mind that a happy reunion is much more likely.
Please contact Chaska Valley Veterinary Clinic at 952-448-2936 with additional questions or to schedule your pet’s microchip appointment.
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