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The Benefits of Having Your Pet Microchipped

Dog with tongue hanging outImagine one day you step into your back yard and realize your precious pet is gone. You search the yard, you call his name, and all you find is his collar with his identification tags hanging from the fence where he escaped.  (**This could be avoided all together if you NEVER leave your pet unattended outside - even in your own backyard.)

You might think all hope is lost; he does not have his tags. A wave of small relief flows through you, you remember, you had him microchipped. If he is picked up by animal control, the shelter will scan for identification. If he is injured and taken to a veterinarian, feel confident that the vet will scan your dog, too.

Animal shelters, rescue agencies, and animal control officers are increasingly and routinely scanning found pets. A microchip is your pet's permanent form of identification. The tiny chip (about the size of a small grain of rice) contains a unique identification number that is linked to your address and contact information on a national registry. A microchip is simply and easily injected beneath the skin by a veterinarian or qualified veterinary technician - just like a vaccination. The process is completed in seconds and does not require an anesthetic. The chip then stays with your pet for its lifetime.

During this process, you will be required to complete a microchip registration form that will contain your pet's microchip number and your address and contact information. Your pet's microchip is their link home to you. Even some of the most housebound pets can be stolen, escape, or stray from their homes and become lost. Simple things like a gate blowing open, a visitor or delivery man leaving a door or gate open, a passing child befriending them, can all lead to the sudden loss of your loved pet. Sadly, thousands of lost animals cannot be returned home because their owners cannot be located. Often the collar or tags are missing, unreadable or out of date, making it impossible to identify them if they do not have a microchip.

The problem for most owners is that they do not expect to lose their pet, but when they do, it becomes their worst nightmare. Think back to the number of signs that we have all seen in our own neighborhoods. That "LOST PET" sign is a reminder that something went wrong. The unfortunate part of this is that thousands of unidentified pets are lost and may never be recovered. Some fall victim to theft, others are displaced during hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, and other natural disasters. Those “Lost Pet” signs serve as a constant reminder that someone is missing a beloved pet.

For the sake of your pet should it ever be lost, have your pet microchipped. For more information on microchipping your pet, email mail to: microchip@lovinliferescue.org. Would you know what to do if you lost a pet or if you found a lost pet? Read our Lost and Found article for important information.

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