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Every year, millions of pets become separated from their owners. These separations can occur at the dog park, on vacation, or even close to home should pets run out the front door or escape from the back yard. Sadly, many of these separations become permanent as owners and their lost pets are never reunited, despite an owner’s best efforts. Microchipping pets is the best way to help a lost pet return home. No matter where your pet escapes, as long as your pet is microchipped, an animal shelter or veterinarian can always identify your pet and ensure he is safely returned to your home.
A microchip is a tiny chip the size of a rice grain, which is encoded with a unique serial number. The chip is then implanted between your pet’s shoulder blades. Anti-migration technology ensures the chip stays safely in place. Your pet’s unique serial number is linked to your personal information through a secure online database. Should you move or change phone numbers, it takes only seconds to update this information. Most importantly, should your pet become lost, any animal shelter or vet hospital will scan your pet for a microchip. Once the microchip is identified, a veterinarian will then use a secure access code to log-in to a database and access your contact information. Your personal information is always protected and can only be accessed should your pet be lost. This enables a happy reunion!
Without a microchip, 90% of lost pets are never reunited with their owners. Unfortunately, this means pets may be left at animal shelters and, which already suffer from overcrowding. While most pets wear a collar with tags, these tags can become outdated should you move or change phone numbers. With a microchip, there is never any need to “update” your pet’s tags; in less than 60 seconds, you can update your pet’s information on line. This is also beneficial should you go on a summer vacation and take your pet with you. If you are staying for a month at a new location, you can quickly update your pet’s online information to match this new address.
Microchipping your pet is one of the most important decisions that you can make as a pet owner. Animal tracking is absolutely crucial to ensuring your pet does not end up lost forever in an animal shelter, or sadly euthanized due to over-crowding. Don’t let this happen to your pet.
At our Portsmouth animal hospital, we will microchip your pet when he is spayed or neutered. If your pet has already been spayed or neutered but is not yet microchipped, we are happy to do so; simply contact our Portsmouth vet to schedule an appointment for animal tracking microchips.