Did you know May that is Chip Your Pet Month? Has your pet been microchipped yet? If not, we strongly recommend that you see to this right away. A Pasadena, MD vet discusses microchips below.
A microchip won’t transmit information, and it doesn’t utilize GPS technology. Nor, unfortunately, will it upgrade Fido’s operating system, so he stops chewing your shoes. Instead, each chip only contains an identification number. This number can be read with special scanners used by vets and animal shelters. It correlates to your records in the chipmakers database, permanently linking you and your pet.
The numbers on microchips are both sad and sobering. Nearly one in three pets will get lost at some point during their life. Many of those pets end up in shelters. That tiny chip can have a huge effect on your furry pal’s future. Pets with chips are much more likely to be reunited with their owners than those without chips!
The process of microchipping will only take a few moments. Your vet will use a hypodermic needle to inject the chip beneath your pet’s skin. For Fluffy and Fido, this is very similar to getting a shot. There is no recovery time needed, though your little buddy may appreciate some extra ear scritches or perhaps a yummy treat. Ask your vet for more information.
Once your furry buddy has been microchipped, you’ll need to fill out your records in the chipmaker’s registry. This is very important! Also, be sure to update these records whenever you move or change contact information. If your dog or cat is already chipped, you can try using the AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup, which is located here. Aside from keeping your information up to date, we also recommend having your vet check the chip during your pet’s regular appointments, to make sure that it hasn’t moved or malfunctioned.
It will certainly be interesting to see where microchip technology goes in the future. Currently, you can get chips that work with pet doors to let your pet in and out, while leaving that chubby raccoon outside. We may also at some point see medical information and, hopefully, GPS technology in tomorrow’s chips.
Please reach out to us, your local Pasadena, MD vet clinic, with any question about microchips. We are happy to assist!