Microchips: What You Need To Know
Every two seconds a family companion is lost.
Microchips help get them home.
Microchips are an invaluable tool to recover our best friends when they wander off or get lost.
A microchip is a non-removable form of ID for your pet.
They’re approximately the size of a grain of rice, it contains a personal ID number that stays with your companion animal forever.
Microchips are not like a GPS, it’s a radio-frequency identification implant (RFID) that provides your pet with a permanent ID.
Microchips are inserted under the skin by injection, much like a vaccine. It’s a safe and easy procedure.
A microchip will normally last the lifetime of your pet because it’s composed of bio-compatible materials that will not degenerate over time.
Both cats and dogs can receive microchips. A recent study showed that less than 2% of cats without microchips were returned home. However, if the cat has a microchip the return to owner rate is 20 times higher.
Microchips can be checked at shelters or veterinary offices by using a scanner.
If you’re interested in getting a microchip for your best friend, talk to your local veterinary office or give The Camden Hospital for Animals a call at (207)-236-2311