Did you know that every year thousands of pets are put to sleep in animal shelters and humane societies because their owners cannot be identified? Don’t let your pet become one of these statistics! Many pets (especially indoor pets) don’t wear collars or tags. Even if your pet wears a collar and identification tag, collars can break off and tags can become damaged and unreadable, so these forms of identification may not be enough to ensure your pet’s safe return. Your pet needs a form of identification that is reliable and can’t get lost, stolen, or damaged. A microchip is a safe, simple form of identification that can significantly increase the chance that your pet will return home safely.
A microchip is about the size and shape of a grain of rice and is placed underneath your pet's skin between the shoulder blades. Registering the number on the microchip includes your pet in a national pet recovery database. Veterinary hospitals, animal shelters, and animal control offices across the country are equipped with special electronic scanners that can detect the microchip and read the identification number. If a lost pet is picked up by animal control or found by a good samaritan and presented to a veterinarian, a quick scan of the microchip reveals the identification number. A toll-free phone call to the pet recovery database alerts the microchip company that a lost pet has been identified. The pet owner can then be contacted and reunited with his or her pet!
The team at Southport Animal Hospital strongly recommends microchipping as a permanent form of identification for all pets. We use the Datamars microchip because it is internationally acknowledged. Statistics say that one out of every three pets will be separated from their family at some time in their life under normal circumstances, but here in South Florida, those risks are increased due to the potential for natural disasters. It’s important to have your pet microchipped and registered in preparation for hurricane season, and to have an emergency preparedness plan for your pet in the event of a disaster.
Ask us about microchipping your pet today!
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