If you are like most pet owners, you go to great lengths to make sure your cat or dog is at home, safe and secure. You may even put a collar on your pet – but what happens when the collar comes off? Even with the most vigilant care, pets can and do sometimes escape the confines of their homes or yards. Dogs can slip out of their leashes and cats occasionally sneak past the door. Your beloved pet might get lost, wander away or even be stolen. To help identify found dogs and cats, our Winston-Salem veterinarian suggests microchipping pets.
Veterinarian in Winston-Salem Discusses the Importance of Microchipping Pets
Our veterinarian in Winston-Salem wants you to know that microchipping pets gives them the best chance of returning home.
In a survey performed by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® (ASPCA), 15 percent of respondents said they had lost a dog or cat within the previous five years. Fortunately, 85 percent of those lost pets were recovered. Of the dogs recovered, 49 percent of the owners found their canine companions by searching the neighborhood and 15 percent were located because of an ID tag or a microchip for dogs.
Microchipping pets is one of the most important things that pet owners can do for the security and well-being of their animal companions.
Winston-Salem Veterinarian Describes Microchipping Pets
Microchipping pets provide a way to identify an animal. Our Winston-Salem veterinarian implants a microchip cat owners can use to identify their feline friend in case their cat is ever returned after being stolen or lost. Our veterinarian will implant a microchip for dogs, which will help canine owners identify their lost dog.
A microchip is about the same size as a grain of rice. Our veterinarian implants the microchip just beneath the animal’s skin, near its shoulder. Implanting a microchip is quick and painless – no anesthesia required.
The microchip contains information about the registration number and phone number of the microchip registry for the particular brand of chip. When an animal care professional encounters a found dog or cat, they use a handheld scanner specially designed to read the microchip as it remains embedded in the skin. The scanner picks up the information pet microchip registration. The animal care specialist then contacts the registry and performs a pet microchip lookup that provides contact information for the registering owner.
A microchip does not track your pet, nor does it contain your pet’s medical information although some microchip registries allow you to store that information.
The microchipping procedure implants a tiny device under your pet’s skin. If he or she is ever lost and then found, shelter workers can read the information on the microchip, find your contact information, and reunite you with your beloved pet.
Imagine a tiny grain of rice made of glass. That’s it, in a nutshell. Inside this grain, there’s a computer chip that holds an identification number.
During your pet’s regular wellness visit, our veterinarian will implant the microchip. It’s done using a syringe that’s slightly larger than the ones we use to vaccinate your dog or cat. Your pet may have some slight soreness directly after the implantation, but within a couple of hours, the microchip will go completely unnoticed.
Each microchip has a unique serial number connected to it. Once your pet has been implanted with one, you’ll go on the website affiliated with that brand of microchip and fill out your contact information, connecting it to the correct serial number. If your pet is ever found by police or shelter workers, they can use a chip reader to find the serial number on the microchip. Once they have that, your contact information will be found and you can be notified.
Absolutely! One study showed that, out of almost 8,000 shelter animals, dogs without microchips returned to their owners about 22 percent of the time, while well over half of all microchipped dogs were returned home. The numbers for cats are even more convincing. Without a microchip, it’s virtually impossible to retrieve your pet; only 1.8 percent of the cats without microchips were returned home. Those with microchips were reunited with their owners almost 40 percent of the time. Most of the microchipped animals that weren’t returned were because their owners forgot to update the information on the website database, which is why it’s crucial for you to keep your information up to date.
Contact Our Winston-Salem Veterinary Office
Microchips increase the chances of getting your lost or stolen pet back again. Give us a call to make an appointment and we’ll make a microchipping appointment. Contact Forsyth Veterinary Hospital at 336-765-1225 today.