Orange tabby kitten in a treeEvery pet owner wants to do everything they can to safeguard their pet’s health and wellness, but like everything in life, there are some things we can’t control. Pets and their people never intend to become separated, but it happens more often than you think. Even though you can’t entirely prevent this from happening, there’s something you can do to increase the chances of being reunited. Microchipping your pet is one of the easiest precautions to take, and we can help!

Homeward Bound

Animals can miraculously find their way home after wandering too far, but sometimes, events can drastically alter their journey. For instance, if a pet is found walking around unattended, they’re most likely going to be picked up by a good Samaritan, police officer, or animal control.

Sometimes, pets are simply adopted again by individuals who chanced upon them (a collar with ID tags can be removed and forgotten about). However, if an animal is brought to a vet or a shelter, they’ll be scanned to see if they’re microchipped.

Small but Mighty

A microchip can’t get lost, removed, stolen, or broken. Inserted just beneath the outermost layer of skin, any pain or discomfort experienced is akin to a routine vaccination. The procedure is quick, relatively easy, and highly effective. It doesn’t require anesthesia or surgery, although many pets are microchipped while getting spayed or neutered.

The Science Behind the Chip

Microchips are about the size of a grain of rice. They don’t transmit location or have any wiring for GPS. Instead, microchipping your pet is like providing them with a unique identification number that shows up on a microchip scanner with a radio frequency of 125-kHz or 134.2-kHz.

Your contact information is only accessed by an additional (and absolutely necessary) last step. When inputted into a private online database, your pet’s microchip will reveal not only the manufacturer’s name, but also who registered the chip.

Because it Matters

The last and most crucial step is to register your contact information with the chip manufacturing company. Without this, your phone number will not pop up when your pet is scanned, decreasing the odds of a happy reunion.

Given the importance of microchipping your pet, the team at Shelden Veterinary Care goes the extra mile for you. We register all pet owner information once a pet has been microchipped at our hospital.

If you change your name, address, or phone number, it’s imperative to have your pet’s chip information updated.

Microchipping Your Pet

Most pets are microchipped prior to adoption. If you’re not sure whether your pet has one, please let us know.

If your pet ever becomes lost or goes missing, it’s reassuring knowing their microchip can lead them back to you.