A lost four legged family member is a tragic thought for anyone who's bonded with a pet. Unfortunately, it's a reality. Collars slip off, pets escape through open windows or doors left ajar, and pets have even been stolen from their own homes and back yards. Without some way to identify them, these dogs and cats wind up at animal shelters, often miles away from their home.
How Does a Microchip Work?
When a pet is found, shelters, police departments, and veterinarians use a special scanner to read the identification number encoded on the microchip. The scanner is passed over the pet and a radio signal reads the unique number which is displayed on the scanner. The pet feels nothing. Once this number is obtained, the person reading the scanner can contact a national registry to find out who the pet belongs to either via telephone or online service.
A microchip is a tiny, inert computer chip enclosed in biocompatible glass used for permanent identification of your pet. It's about the size of a long grain piece of rice and can be injected under the skin, between the shoulder blades with a hypodermic needle. It can't be lost, altered or destroyed and your pet won't even know it's there.
Did you know....
- More than 10 million pets get lost each year and without identification, 90% won't return home.
- One third of all pets, including 'indoor-only' cats and dogs, will become lost in their lifetime.
Thanks to microchipping, we've personally seen pets and their families reunited, sometimes after many years and miles. It really does make a difference!
When Can I Microchip my Pet?
Anesthesia or sedation is not necessary, so a pet can be microchipped at any time. Young pets can be microchipped as early as 6 to 8 weeks of age. Most pets don't react to the needle injection. However, if we have the opportunity to place the chip while your pet is under anesthetic for another reason such as a spay or neuter surgery or dental cleaning, that's what we prefer. After your pet is chipped, we will register the chip for you. This is a lifetime registration.
This tiny chip is programmed with a unique number which will identify your pet. The microchip is not a GPS device and cannot be used to locate your pet if they become lost. It also does not have a battery source or power supply, but it has been designed to last your pet's whole life.
Woodridge Animal Hospital
2009 W. 75th Street, Woodridge, IL 60517