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The Advantages Of The Microchip For Your Pets

Every pet owner wants to keep his or her beloved cat or dog as safe as possible. You do everything you can do make sure your pet is well cared for and healthy. Even though your pet is kept indoors it is still important to have current identification for your cat or dog. There is always a chance that your fuzzy feline or canine friend might accidentally slip out the door.  If this happens, having not identification can make it very difficult for your cat or dog to be returned to you.  Placing a collar with an identification tag is important, but collars sometimes become lost.  Your pet could end up in a shelter and you could spend a great deal of time trying to track it down. That is where the microchip comes in handy. The microchip is the newest way to identify lost pets and helps ensure that your lost puppy or feline finds his or her way back home.

Microchip technology has become so popular that most animal clinics and animal shelters have the ability to scan a cat or dog for microchip identification. The placement of a microchip in your cat or dog is a painless procedure. Your vet will insert a tiny microchip about the size of a grain of rice directly under your pet’s skin using a hypodermic needle. The microchip is usually placed behind the neck. The microchip contains special digital number that have been entered on a national microchip database. When the microchip is scanned the information will give the person your contact information. When you pet is lost, a veterinarian or animal shelter can use a special scanner to retrieve the microchip information. It is that easy.

What makes the  microchip very attractive to pet owners is that it is permanent. Collars and tags can be easily lost but the microchip is there to stay. This makes the microchip a great choice for pet identification, especially for cats. If you place a collar on a ca it should be, for your cat's safety, a breakaway collar. You cat will likely climb a tree or try to squeeze through a fence or small opening, catching on the collar causing it to come off. The break away collar prevents your cat from further injury or even death. If your cat does not have a microchip, it will be very difficult to identify your cat if it is found.
If you do choose to get your pet implanted with a microchip here are some suggestions in the sad event your pet goes missing. Do not just sit back and wait for a call, even if your pet has a microchip. Unfortunately, not all veterinarians and shelters are equipped with pet microchip technology. Take the time to call around and place “lost pet” flyers around your neighborhood. Don't forget to use social media as another means of announcing your lost pet. Make sure that you have updated your contact information if you have moved or changed phone numbers. Your veterinarian can give you information on how to update this information.

Implanted your pet with the microchip at a young age is recommended. Puppies and kittens can have the microchip at age six weeks and even small breeds of dogs can handle this procedure. The insertion of the microchip is not painful and feels like a regular vaccination shot. You can have your pet implanted with the microchip at your veterinarian office and can expect to pay between $30 and $50 for this service.
Having a pet go missing is very upsetting for pet owners. Many young pets are still going through obedience training and the chances of them sneaking away may be greater than with an older pet. After all, you probably haven't had enough time to really reinforce the "stay" or "come" commands with your dog and, unfortunately, cats rarely obey these commands. Having your cat or dog implanted with a microchip can give you some ease that finding your lost pet will be easier.


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