Why You Should Microchip Your Pet

posted: by: Aztec Pet Hospital Tags: "Clinic Specials" "News" 

Have you ever worried how you would find your beloved pet if he ever got lost? Many pet owners make sure their pet is wearing a collar and ID tags but is that enough?  Each year, more than 10 million pets are lost and more than half are not wearing a collar or an ID tag by the time they reach a shelter. While a microchip should not replace either a collar or ID tag it can play the deciding role in reuniting a pet owner with their pet.

  Microchipping is a quick, non-surgical process that involves injecting a sterile microchip, about the size of a grain of rice, under the surface of the pet’s skin between his shoulder blades. Implanting a microchip is similar to receiving a routine vaccination and an animal cannot feel it afterwards.

  Each microchip is connected to an online registry of owner contact information.  Owners are responsible for registering their contact information with the microchip company. Should your pet become lost and is taken to a shelter or veterinary hospital he will be scanned for a microchip. As long as the contact information on file is up to date, the owner can be quickly notified and reunited with their pet.

  Unfortunately, at the clinic we run into two problems when a pet has been lost.

     1.  Owners microchip their pet but never register the chip with their contact information.

     2.  Owners neglect to update their contact information when it        changes.           


  On an additional note, if you are considering traveling with your pet the USDA requires a pet to be microchipped before a rabies shot is given if the rabies shot is to be considered the primary vaccination. For more specific information on pet travel please go to the USDA website at:

https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/pet-travel


 Call today and schedule an appointment to microchip and safe guard your pet.