National Pet ID Week took place in April, but we feel the topic is so important that it bears repeating. We encourage anyone who has a dog or cat to get a microchip for their pet. A microchip, which is about the size and weight of a single piece of rice, contains a unique identification number. When a staff member at a veterinary clinic or animal shelter scans your pet, the ID number appears on a computer screen. He or she must enter the number into a pet location system to obtain your contact information.
Microchips are powered by RFID, which stands for radio frequency identification technology. This enables the chip to store your name, your pet’s name, your address, telephone number, email address, and any other contact details. However, it’s important to understand that it’s not the same thing as a global positioning system (GPS). A microchip won’t give you the location of your lost animal.
What to Expect When Your Pet Receives a Microchip
If you have avoided getting a microchip for your dog or cat because you think it’s expensive or painful, you can put both fears to rest. We charge a nominal fee for this service, which also includes registering your information with a national pet look-up database. It takes just a few minutes for your pet’s veterinarian to insert the microchip under a skin fold near the neck. For your pet, it feels similar to receiving an immunization. It’s virtually painless and she will forget about it right away.