Microchipping Keeps Pets and Their People Together
While you may go the extra mile to ensure that your pet doesn’t get out of the house or yard, accidents can happen. Whether a door has been left ajar or they’ve managed to slip out of their collar, your animal companion probably won’t miss this chance to go exploring. At Jeffrey Animal Hospital, we know how often pets can get lost. That’s why we recommend pet microchipping to help owners be reunited with their missing loved ones.
What’s a Microchip?
A microchip is a tiny transponder no larger than a grain of rice that we can implant under your pet’s skin using a hypodermic needle. Each individual microchip comes with its own registration number and the phone number of its manufacturer. Keep in mind, we do not recommend microchips as your pet’s sole source of identification—your pet should always wear a collar with ID tags.
Microchips can be implanted in pets during their routine appointments. The procedure is quick, so no anesthesia is required. We implant the microchip directly under the skin, between your pet’s shoulder blades where it can be easily scanned, should they get lost.
How Does a Microchip Work?
Since microchips all come with their own registration number, it’s imperative that you send your contact information to the registry as soon as possible. If your pet ends up at a shelter or another veterinary hospital, a staff member can use their microchip scanner to read the chip’s registration number and then call or go online to obtain your contact information. If you end up changing your address or phone numbers, be sure to contact the company that registers your pet’s microchip and have them update your information. This also applies if you’ve recently adopted a pet that has already been microchipped.
We’ll Help You Stay Connected to Your Pet
Microchips are made to last up to 25 years, so once your pet receives theirs, they’ll have it for life. According to a study published in JAVMA, compared to the 22% of lost, non-microchipped dogs reunited with their owners, over 52% of microchipped dogs made it back home. That’s a 238% increase!
We want you and your four-legged family member to stay together under any circumstances, and a microchip will go a long way towards guaranteeing that. If you have any questions about pet microchipping or would like one for your animal companion, please call us at (248) 471-3636.