Why Your Pet Should be Microchipped

There is little that is more frightening and upsetting that losing your much loved cat or dog.  Yet, without proper identification, 90% of lost pets never get returned home and are either re-homed in shelters or face worse fates. So, it is critical that your pet always wears a collar with a tag that provides a phone number or other contact  information, so that someone who finds your lost pet can get in touch with you.  However, collars can come off, and tags can become worn and hard-to-read.  So, in addition to collar tags, give yourself peace of mind, and your pet  added safety by taking added measure of microchipping your pet.  According to a recent research study reported by the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, "the return rate for lost animals with micro chips was 20 times higher for cats and 2.5 times higher for dogs compared to lost animals without a microchip."

Receiving a microchip is no more painful for your pet than a vaccination, and dramatically increases the likelihood that you will be re-united quickly if he or she gets lost.  Veterinarians and animal control facilities routinely look for microchips in lost pets.   Any animal adopted from the Georgia SPCA is microchipped, and we also provide microchipping at our regularly-scheduled Low-Cost Vaccination Clinics.

FAQ's About Microchipping:

Q:  What is a microchip?

A microchip is a very tiny electronic device - about the size of a grain of rice - that is encoded with an unique identification number..  Once implanted and registered, the microchip provides a permanent form of identification that cannot be lost or easily removed.

Q:  How is the chip implanted?

The microchip is inserted under the skin using a hollow needle, much like vaccination.  This procedure is no more painful that a vaccination.

Q:  What happens after the chip is implanted?

After the chip is implanted, either the care provider will register the chip, along with your contact information, or you will be provided with the information needed to register your pet with the appropriate agency.  Be sure to keep your contact information updated, because accurate information is needed to reunite you with your lost pet.

Q:  What happens if my pet is lost?

Most humane societies and animal shelters now have microchip readers, and these organizations routinely scan all stray and injured animals.  The ID number is then passed along to the appropriate agency, which arranges for your pet to be returned to you.