When a pets stray from home, it can leave the humans who love them crushed. That is why collars and tattoos have historically been used to help lost pets return home. But collars are not attached to your pet; they may slip off and become lost. Tattoos, meanwhile, may fade over time, or otherwise simply go unnoticed by the people who find your missing cat or dog. Therefore, many owners have welcomed a modern innovation in pet identification, microchips. Microchips can neither fade nor become lost, and most of the veterinary hospitals, animal control bureaus, SPCA’s, and other organizations with a large chance of receiving stray animals check for them regularly.
Microchip injections are safe for dogs and cats of all ages, and significantly raise the odds of a lost pet being returned. As the American Veterinary Medical Association has noted, a study by Lord et al. found that lost dogs with microchips were over twice as likely to be returned to their owners, when compared to dogs who did not have microchips. The same study also found that lost cats with microchips were more than 20 times more likely to be returned to their owners as cats without them. Microchips are also mandatory for international travel. If the ownership of your pet is ever in contest, a microchip also serves as a valid proof of your ownership.
The microchips used for pet identification are about the size of a grain of rice. Thus, the chip can simply be injected into your pet’s tissue underneath the skin. This is done via a hypodermic needle on the back of the neck between your pet’s shoulder blades. The procedure is quick, affordable, and essentially painless. The injection will not involve a higher level of discomfort than the one you would experience during a routine vaccination, and will not require anesthesia.
This chip contains an ID number which a scanner can read. If a hospital, shelter, or other organization finds your missing pet, they will scan for this chip. After finding it, they will use a phone to access a national database by phone in order to find the owner of the pet by the ID number. So long as the chip is registered with this database, your missing pet can be returned to you with no difficulty. A chip which is not registered, however, does no good, as the owner is identified through the registration. At World of Animals Inc. at Mayfair, we will deal with the paperwork required to register the chip, in addition to implanting it.