Yesterday, like many of you I was out running errands on a busy Saturday. My black lab Lola travels with me most of the time, except when it is too hot. Yesterday was one of those times and usually Lola is the best dog in a vehicle you could ever wish for, but for some reason, Lola got anxious and within in minutes of me leaving her in the car, while I picked up a couple of things at the deli, Lola figured out how to open the driver’s side door and escaped at this busy shopping mall. She had never even shown any signs of doing that before. A nice couple spotted her and grabbed her to keep her safe. She was taken to a local animal shelter and was a few hours later reunited with me. I owe it all to the microchip she received last year. Everybody needs to microchip pets. If your pets have not been microchipped – What are you waiting for?
A microchip for your pet can mean the difference between lost and found. Although tags and collars are important, they can tear or slip off. With microchipping, a veterinarian injects a tiny computer chip—about the size of a grain of rice—just under your pet’s skin, between the shoulder blades. The microchip number is entered into an international database, which can be read by a microchip pets scanner if your pet is lost and picked up by a veterinary hospital or humane society. If your contact information is up-to-date, the hospital or humane society that found your pet can contact you and reunite you with your pet.
Microchip Pets – It’s their ticket home. Does your pet have his?
Microchipping Pets myth #1:
It’s going to hurt my pet to get the chip implanted.
The procedure is simple, routine, and painless, and does not require anesthesia. Your pet simply gets an injection just under the loose skin between the shoulder blades, much like getting vaccinated. Most animals don’t react at all.
Microchipping Pets myth #2:
My cat never goes outside. He doesn’t need to have a microchip.
It’s wonderful that you’re keeping your pet safe inside, but a guest or a repair person could easily leave the door hanging open, or a screen could come loose from an open window. No matter how closely you watch your pet, there’s always a chance he could get out, and if he doesn’t have a microchip, chances for recovery are slim.
Read More Microchip Pets Myths at AAHA.org