Micro-chipping your pet

March 12, 2008 11:38:28 AM PDT
Micro-chipping your pet is a sure way to protect one of your furry friends! Veterinarian Dr. Tony Kremer, owner of the Hinsdale Animal Hospital, shares some information pet owners should know about micro-chips.
  • Micro-chipping is a safe and permanent means of identification
  • If your dog is lost or stolen, collars and tags can be removed and registration papers can be altered, a microchip can't be removed
  • Micro-chipping is relatively inexpensive - $30 - $35 for a lifetime
  • The best time for micro-chipping is at the same time your dog is being spayed or neutered
  • According to the Humane Society of the United States, every two seconds a pet is lost or stolen.

    Losing a pet can be heartbreaking, and an unsuccessful search even more so. Over the past few decades, different methods of keeping track of our furry friends have been developed. While collars, to tags and tattoos, are a good means of identification, non of these are permanent in the search for your pet. Collars and tags come off, and tattoos can be altered with ink, or eradicated completely with deep scarring or even, in the case of ear tattoos, cut off totally. That's a scary thought.

    The microchip is a quick and painless way of having your pet identified. Micro chipping is the way to identify your pet that is both safe and effective. The tiny microchip contains a personal, one-of-a-kind identification number distinguishes your pet as a special member of your family. The chip, similar to the size of a grain of rice, is so tiny that it fits through a hypodermic needle. just like a vaccination, it's injected under the skin of your pet where it remains safely for life.

    When and animal is lost and the shelter finds the chip number, they call a 24 hour hotline associated with the chip. After a quick search of the database, you, your veterinarian, or your alternate is contacted, and your pet comes home! Scanners are provided free of charge to any shelter that requests one.

    While micro-chipping doesn't guarantee your pet won't be lost or returned, it does greatly reduce the risks.

    For more information visit drtony.com.