What would you do if your pet was lost? Did you know that one in three pets become lost during their lives at some point, that's a lot! June is National Microchip Month, and we are going to share a little info in case you are not aware of what it is, or maybe you're are on the fence about getting your pet microchipped.
So precisely what is a Microchip?
It is a radio-frequency identification transponder that carries a unique identification number. When the microchip is scanned by an animal shelter or vets office, it transmits the ID number. Being roughly the size of a grain of rice and requiring no battery or power and is no more invasive than a vaccination. It is injected under the skin between your dog's shoulder blades and can be done in your vet's office.
One of the most important things after microchipping that is often forgotten is registering your dog's microchip with a national pet recovery database. I cannot tell you how many times we photographed at the shelter and found that they were microchipped only to find the owners forgot to register them or moved, got a new phone number, and did not update their information.
If you decide to microchip your pet contact your vet office, and they can answer questions and give you info on the databases for registering.
Just remember to keep your contact information up to date. It could be the difference in your pet returning to the rightful owner.
If my pet does go missing what do I do?
*Search your neighborhood, several times *Make sure you have a current photograph *Contact your local animal shelters *Contact your local vet *Get the word out posting flyers, using the internet *Leave out one identifying characteristic when describing *Don't give up, pets whom have been lost for months, have been reunited with their owners.