Your pets are like your family, so why not give them the best chance of making it home if they happen to go missing? Collar tags aren’t always reliable and tattooing can become illegible over time, but a microchip number is for life. The quick procedure, can provide a number of benefits:
- Permanent pet identification
- A better chance of recovering your lost pet
- A voice for your pet when you can’t be there
How does microchipping work?
Microchips are tiny transponders, about the size of a grain of rice, that use radio frequency waves to transmit information about your pet. A microchip is a permanent identification, in case your pet is lost. The process is similar to a routine shot, takes only a few seconds, and your pet will not react any more than he would to a vaccination.
If a pet is found, all animal care facilities (shelters, hospitals, pounds, etc.) will scan the pet for a microchip using a special microchip reader that is simply waved over the skin. Once a microchip is found, a special hotline is called, and the lost pet is reported. The pet owner is then called immediately and given the contact information about where to pick up their pet.
At Lakeside Animal Hospital, we utilize24PetWatch® to keep tabs on your furriest family members.
24PetWatch is a top ranked Lost Pet Recovery organizations supporting the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Microchip Lookup Tool, a life-saving initiative that helps reunite missing animals with their registered owners in the United States. With its database of approximately 10 million registered pets, 24PetWatch has helped hundreds of thousands of owners find their lost pets. Its Lost Pet Recovery team fields an average of 19,000 calls each month. Microchipping with 24PetWatch includes:
- Free registration of any microchipped pet
- Free online services to report your pet as missing
- Unlimited access and updates to your account