Keep track of your pet
Nearly 1 in 3 pets will become lost during their lives. Whether your beloved pet is an escape artist, frightened away from home, stolen, the victim of a natural disaster, or just ends up missing without explanation, a pet with a microchip is a pet that you know has identification. Microchip implants are an incredibly simple, inexpensive, and effective way to positively identify lost pets so they can be returned home quickly. These tiny chips serve as a permanent pet identification system that cannot be removed or damaged unlike collars or tags. By supporting this practice, Northwest Veterinary Hospital hopes to prevent some of the nearly 8 million animals that enter US shelters each year.
How They Work
Manufacturers create a transponder microchip that is contained in small biocompatible capsule smaller than a grain of rice, ensuring that the device is non-toxic, hypoallergenic, and completely safe. The microchip has no battery or internal power meaning it stays inert within the body. It is designed so it stores a unique code (most often a series of 15 digits) that can be read by a special microchip scanner.
A simple process
The microchip is an easy, nearly pain-free procedure then places the transponder just under the skin where a special biopolymer keeps the device in-place inside the animal.
The transponder works by passively transmitting radio waves with an animal-specific tracking number that, when connected to the central database, displays the pet’s name and owner contact information. Should your pet run away or get lost, a simple scan of the chip will allow the proper authorities to determine the owner’s identity and return the animal accordingly.
Northwest Veterinary Hospital believes microchipping is the safest, most effective method of pet recovery available, helping reunite more than 15,000 lost pets to their owners every month.