Imagine if your dog or cat got lost. You’d want to give him or her the best chance of getting home. With microchipping, you can. Even the most responsible pet owners can’t always guarantee their pet won’t get lost. A leash could break or slip out of your hand, a pet could push through a screen door or window, or a contractor or friend might accidentally leave a door or gate open.
Microchipping is a safe, permanent way to identify your pet in case he or she becomes lost. A microchip, which is a tiny device about the size and shape of a grain of rice, is placed just under the loose skin at the back of the neck. When a lost dog or cat without an ID tag is found, a veterinarian or veterinary technician will use a handheld microchip scanner to check for a microchip. If the pet has one, it will transmit its ID number to the scanner via a low-frequency radio wave. The veterinary hospital or shelter then calls the chip manufacturer, retrieves the pet owner’s contact information, and calls the owner.
We recommend that you use a microchip, along with a collar, county license and ID tag to identify your pet. Pets that have ID tags with current contact information are less likely to end up in shelters and tend to get home faster than those without tags. However, collars and ID tags aren’t permanent and can be removed or fall off. In contrast, microchips are permanent, giving your pet a much better chance of being identified and returned to you. We have many seasonal clients and a microchip can help reunite you with your pet no matter where you travel. Please remember to update your address and telephone numbers with the microchip company when you travel or move.
Microchip placement is quick, safe and virtually pain-free. An added benefit of microchipping is that Lee County offers a substantial discount on the cost of your pet’s county license if he or she has a microchip. Please contact us to schedule an appointment to microchip your pet. Although we hope your pet never becomes lost, we want you to be prepared.