Saturday, February 11, 2012
To Chip or Not To Chip
What exactly is a microchip?
Good question. Its a tiny implant, no larger than a grain of rice, that is placed between the cat's shoulder blades by use of a syringe.
Each microchip contains an identification number. These numbers can be read with a scanner. Most veterinarians and shelters today have scanners. So if you've lost Mittens and he ends up at a shelter or veterinarian's office that has a scanner, odds are you'll get him back.
If your kitty ends up in a shelter without a chip, there's a very real chance he'll be put down.
Cats with chips have been lost and found years later. One cat had been gone for thirteen years when he was picked up and taken to an animal shelter. Since he wasn't in great shape and was a senior, if he hadn't been chipped, he would have no doubt been euthanized instead of reunited with his joyful family.
Another lost kitty was found over 1800 miles away. As you can see, chipping dramatically ups your lost pet's chances of recovery.
How much does it cost to microchip your pet?
Approximately $45. It's not a painful procedure and doesn't even require anesthesia.
Once your pet is chipped, you'll need to register it with a national recovery database. If your pet is lost, found, and scanned, the recovery database is called and they in turn call the owner.
Phone numbers should always be kept updated in the system.
How long is a chip good for? A lifetime.