While it’s never our intention for our pets to get out, it can happen from time to time. So, before the next time Fido gets adventurous, be sure to get him chipped! May is the national awareness month for chipping your pets. Dogs and cats alike can be chipped, so their people can be properly identified if they get lost. While this technology has been out for quite some time, some pet owners still have questions. The Humane Society has done a great job of answering those questions…let’s take a look:
What are microchips? Microchips are tiny transponders, about the size of a grain of rice, that use radio frequency waves to transmit information about your pet. They’re implanted just under the skin, usually right between the shoulder blades.
How they work. Each microchip contains a registration number and the phone number of the registry for the particular brand of chip. A handheld scanner reads the radio frequency of the chip and displays this information. The animal shelter or vet clinic that finds your pet can contact the registry to get your name and phone number.
How long do microchips last? Microchips are designed to work for 25 years.
Where can I get my pet microchipped? At any of our AZPetVet locations!
What if I move? You need to contact the company that registers the chip to update your information; otherwise, the chip will be useless. You may be charged a small fee to process the update.
What do I do if I adopt a pet who’s already been microchipped? If you know what brand of chip your pet has, contact the corresponding registry to update the information. If you don’t know what type of chip your pet has, find a vet or animal shelter that can read it.
As you can see, this is a very easy, affordable, and painless process to keep your pet safe. Contact any of our AZPetVet locations for more information.