4 Reasons to Micro-chip Your Pet
- Only true permanent method of pet identification
- Best chance of your pet returning to you after going missing
- Quick and painless procedure, similar to vaccination
- Lasts for the lifetime of your pet
Animal micro-chips are about the size of a grain of rice and are typically implanted just beneath the surface of the skin between the shoulder blades. The process is similar to receiving vaccination through a needle and is painless to pets. Most animals don’t even react when the microchip is implanted. Once implanted the micro-chip remains between the shoulder blades just beneath the skin for the rest of the animal’s lifetime, becoming a permanent form of identification.
Micro-chips do not function as a GPS. If the pet is lost, we cannot locate him. But if your pet is found and taken to a shelter, rescue or vet’s office, they can be scanned to find the chip. The chip is unique and is “owned” by only one pet. The chip is registered to one pet and one owner. Owner information is maintained so that the pet can safely be returned. It is very important to keep the owner information current at all times. Disconnected phone numbers and old addresses hinder the return process. Last weekend we had a pet owner questioning why Tri-County micro-chips our pets before adoption. It seems his dog, that was adopted from Tri-County, has been missing since the first week of July. He has had no calls about her. He assumed we would be able to track the dog by the chip and tell him where to find her. Sadly, this is not the function of the chip. If a lost pet is found and turned in to a shelter or taken to a vet and scanned for a chip, there is a better chance of the pet being reunited with the owner. If you find a stray animal, please have then scanned for a micro-chip. This is the quickest way of getting the pet back to his home.We are still looking for Oscar the big gray dog in the High Shoals area. Please call 704.451.0006 if you see him anywhere.