Thursday, August 14, 2014

Benefits of Micro-Chipping Pets

When strapping on a brand new collar with a shiny name tag, you’d never think your dog or cat could get lost. However, collars can break, slip off or even be removed by other people. You need a more permanent way to identify your pet if they do become lost. Microchipping is the process of injecting a tiny electronic component under the pet's skin. Typically located between the shoulders, the chip remains in place for years. As an inexpensive identification strategy, nearly all pet owners should consider this process for their pet. Even have it scanned on National Check the Chip day on August 15 to make sure it works well.

Instant Identification

There's no need to worry about the chip at any point after installation. It has instant ID information, whether it's one or 10 years old. The chip doesn't have a power source, but actually responds through radio waves when a scanner is placed near it. Most veterinarians and animal shelters have these scanners, making it easy for authorities to match a pet with their owner.

Your Information

Because the microchips are incredibly small, they don't hold all your information for anyone to read off a scanner. In fact, the scanner simply sees a number. This number must be inputted into the registration website to pull up your contact information. Your address and phone number are protected from just anyone reading the information off the chip. Update this information periodically for a fast response in case of a lost pet.

Installation is Quick and Almost Painless

When you think of a microchip, thoughts of computer boards come to mind. Placing one of those components inside your pet's skin may sound painful, but modern technology has made the process nearly painless. The chip is incredibly small, fitting easily into a needle. The chip is actually injected into your pet. They'll simply feel a little prick as the chip slides into place. They'll be ready to play in no time.

Modern Technology

Regardless of the chip's age, it should remain in the same area as its injection. Microchip inventors made sure to create a product that cannot break down inside the body. Even if the pet lives to 20 years old, the chip will last as long. It also won't move around in your pet's body. Scanners pick up the chip between the shoulders at any time.

Its Limitations

As the chip is a simplistic ID technology, you have limitations to its use. A scanner only determines contact information. The technology isn't a GPS where your pet's location is accurately pinpointed. Manufacturers kept the chip simple to make it long-lasting and free from any failures. When your pet is lost, you want that chip to work immediately.

If the thought of losing your furry friend is too difficult to bear, microchip them during their next veterinarian visit. The installation is quick and holds all your pertinent information. If you move or change your contact information at some point, make sure to update the chip's information as well. A phone number no longer in service can't help you reunite with your pet.

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