At Richland Animal Hospital, we know that one of the most important things you can do to keep your pet safe is to have it microchipped. This is one of many services we offer to keep your pet healthy and to ensure your peace of mind.
According to recent statistics, up to 8 million animals end up in shelters every year. Unfortunately, only 15-20% of dogs and less than 2% of cats are ever reclaimed by their owners. One of the ways to increase the chances of finding your lost pet is having it microchipped.
The microchipping process is simple and quick. A needle is used to place a tiny chip under the animal’s skin, usually between the shoulder blades. It takes the same amount of time to insert the microchip as it takes to administer any injection – it only takes a few seconds, and it is a relatively painless procedure. That chip has a unique number on it that can be picked up and read by a scanner.
If your lost pet is taken to a shelter or veterinarian, the shelter or vet’s office will use a universal scanner to see if the animal is microchipped. Once they get the number from the microchip, they will contact the microchip’s manufacturer to find the animal’s owner. It is important to make sure that once you get your pet microchipped, you keep your contact information updated with the microchip’s manufacturer – it’s the only way to make sure that your lost pet will be returned to you.
While others (such as shelters or rescue groups) offer microchipping services, it is best to have the procedure done by a competent and experienced veterinarian.
At Richland Animal Hospital, we include microchipping services when you have your pet spayed or neutered, or you can choose to have your pet microchipped as a separate service at any time. If your pet is lost, are you confident that it will be returned to you? Don’t take the chance – increase the likelihood of getting your pet back by having it microchipped – contact our office today!