Microchips Help Identify Your Pet
Effective pet identification and recovery once relied on tags worn on a collar or personal memory. Harris Parkway Animal Hospital recommends inserting and registering a microchip for every pet. Microchips have been a key to reuniting thousands of people with their beloved pets. A microchip implant, only about the size of a grain of rice, can identify your pet if he or she becomes lost. As an addition to collar tags, microchipping provides a permanent identification method for your pet.
Microchips use radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to store data. That information can be uploaded to a scanner equipped to read it. The capsule containing the microchip is biocompatible, meaning that it does not hurt your pet. One microchip will last a pet’s lifetime.
Inserting the microchip is no more painful than a regular vaccination. If you are concerned about it causing discomfort, it can be done at the same time as a spay or neuter surgery while your pet is already in general anesthesia.
When you travel around the world, an ISO microchip is required for your pet. The technology behind these chips and their information are now being standardized. Even though a microchip is not a tracking device, you can rest assured that your contact information can be updated. This ensures that when your pet is found, you will be able to be found as well and will be notified where to go to recover him or her.