Microchip your Pet at Lake Forest Animal Clinic
There are few things as distressing to a pet owner as discovering that their pet is lost. An estimated 9 million pets without permanent pet identification are turned into animal shelters each year in the United States. Tragically, only 15% of lost dogs and 2% of lost cats are ever returned to their owners. The remainder of these pets are either adopted out to new owners or are euthanized.
Our team at Lake Forest Animal Clinic recommends pet microchipping as a permanent means of pet identification. The microchip, the size of a grain of rice, is injected between the shoulder blades of your dog or cat using a needle with minimal pain or discomfort. This can be done during the time of spaying or neutering your puppy or kitten, or it can be done at the time of a wellness exam. The microchip lasts your pet's lifetime.
Each microchip has a unique code which is associated with the pet owner's contact information as well as the pet's profile. So it is imperative that you, not only microchip your pet, but also follow through with the registration of that microchip. And if you move or change your phone numbers, you must update that information. The chip is only as good as the registration is current.
The microchip is not a tracker or a GPS device. The microchip only works if the chip is scanned... usually by an animal shelter or veterinary office. Once the chip number is identified, the company is called, the owner's information is retrieved, and the pet is reunited with its family.
While pet collars and stamped ID tags are an option for displaying your pets identity, there is always a chance that the pet collar or tag will fall off. Pet ID tattoos are another identification option, but over time they may not remain legible as they fade. Microchipping your pet is a very effective means of permanent pet identification that cannot fall off, be removed, or become impossible to read. Microchips have allowed thousands of lost pets to find their way back home each year.
There are several companies that make microchips and most animal shelters and veterinary hospitals have a universal scanner to read a variety of different chips. At Lake Forest Animal Clinic, we use the HomeAgain microchip. HomeAgain offers a national pet recovery database, a 24 hour call center, a rapid lost pet alert system, personalized lost pet posters, an emergency medical hotline, and travel assistance for found pets.
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At Lake Forest Animal Clinic, we believe that the permanent pet identification system in the form of a microchip is a wise and necessary choice for every pet owner. We urge you to be proactive and to microchip your furry family member now! Call us today!