Microchipping Your Pet

Losing your “fur baby” is an extremely traumatic experience to go through as a pet owner – it’s almost like losing one of your own children. Collars and tattoos have historically been used to help a lost pet return home. The problem with these methods of identification is that collars often become loose and fall off, and tattoos start to fade with time. A one-time cost, the most effective and modern form of pet identification is having your fur baby microchipped. Microchips can neither fade nor fall off for they are implanted by your veterinarian between the loose skin of your pet’s shoulders. This form of pet identification is most widely recommended in the veterinary community; hospitals, shelters and SPCA’s who receive large amounts of stray animals make sure to check for a microchip regularly.

Microchip implants are a non-invasive procedure for dogs and cats of all ages. The microchips used for pet identification are about the size of a grain of rice. The small glass cylinder is injected into your pet’s tissue underneath the skin; this is done via hypodermic needle on the back of the neck between your pet’s shoulder blades. The entire process takes only a few seconds similar, to the time taken if your pet were receiving a Vaccination. Keep in mind these chips are not tracking devices – they do not work like a GPS. They work with radio-frequency indication so when a pet is handed into an animal shelter they can scan the animal for the microchip. When a microchip scanner is passed over the pets shoulder, the microchip sends a signal that transmits the chip’s ID number, which is used to check a database which will identify the pet’s owner. Lasting a lifetime, microchips function as a permanent form of identification for your pet.

Our Veterinary Hospital highly recommends this method of identification to clients due to the high likelihood that your animal can be returned safely home. A study found that dogs with microchips were over twice as likely to be returned to their owners, compared to those dogs without microchip implants. Even more notable, the same study found that lost cats with microchip implants were more than 20 times more likely to be returned to their owner than those without.

Registration is a crucial step when you have your pet microchipped at our Bensalem office. World of Animals staff will ensure the chip is registered into the national identification database after the procedure is conducted. A chip that is not registered is essentially useless, as the owner is identified through the registration. You should go online and double check to make sure everything is one hundred percent accurate about 2 days after implantation so we can make any necessary edits, including a secondary contact person, in case you are unreachable.