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Microchipping: Advanced Identification

Modern technology allows you to have an invisible leash on your pet at all times. Microchipping is a very safe and effective way to always have some type of identification on your pet.

Microchipping is usually done by your veterinarian. Your doctor, using a syringe, will place the microchip under your pet’s skin around the shoulder area. Microchips for pets are a radio frequency identification device (RFID) that is encoded with a serial number and are about the size of a grain of rice. The chip transmits the number at a certain radio frequency that special scanners can read. After the chip is implanted, it is very important for a pet owner to register their contact information with the chip’s manufacturer.

If a pet is found missing, animal control or a veterinarian will read the chip’s number with a scanner. Once the number is found, a call to the registry will help reunite the pet with its family. While there are a few manufacturers and radio frequencies used, veterinarians and shelters have scanners that are universal.
If you lose your pet, a call to the registry will help find your pet.

Basic contact information is always included with the price paid for a microchip, usually around $40. HomeAgain, one manufacturer, offers a premium service for helping to reunite a pet with its family. Once you realize your pet is missing, if you subscribe to the service, HomeAgain will send out fax alerts to shelters, veterinarians, and other pet professionals in your area, increasing the chances of finding your furry family member.

Hopefully you never have to find out how it works, just be glad knowing your pet has identification.

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