Losing a pet can be a devastating experience for an individual or an entire family. There are several means of preventing this devastating loss, but the most effective is microchip implants. Collars have a risk of being lost, while tattoos can both fade over time and simply go unnoticed, microchips have none of these risks. A microchip will never become lost or faded, and the vast majority of veterinary hospitals, animal control bureaus, SPCA’s, and other organizations with a high chance of receiving stray animals, routinely scan dogs and cats who have lost their owners.
The process of implanting a microchip is fast, affordable, and virtually painless. A microchip roughly the size of a grain of rice is injected into the tissues beneath the skin on the back of the neck between your pet’s shoulder blades, through the use of a hypodermic needle. This chip contains an ID number which can be read by a scanner. During the injection, your pet will not experience any more discomfort than you would during a routine vaccination, so anesthesia is not necessary.
Should your pet be found, the hospital or other organization who treats him or her will scan for this chip. Once a chip is scanned and the unique ID number found, it can be entered into a national database online in order to find your contact information and help reunite you with your fur-baby! For this to work, however, the microchip’s ID number must be registered. At World of Animals at Mayfair, we not only perform the implant, but also will handle the necessary paperwork for this registration. All World of Animals Veterinary Hospitals’ microchips includes lifetime registration.
A microchip can safely and effectively be implanted at any age, and in both dogs and cats. As the American Veterinary Medical Association has noted, a study by Lord et al. found that lost dogs with microchips were over twice as likely to be returned to their owners, when compared to dogs who did not have microchips. The same study also found that lost cats with microchips were more than 20 times more likely to be returned to their owners as cats without them. Additionally, microchips are obligatory for international travel, and should the ownership of your pet be contested, qualify as valid proof of ownership.