Hobo Kitty is always Cat-Chatting about something, but she hasn’t published anything in the Furr’d Word yet so I am going to beat her to the punch by writing a blog about microchips. I’m alot faster than she is about getting around to stuff….they don’t call me Hot Rod for nothing!
Here’s the “scoop without the poop” on microchips:
Microchips are tiny transponders that use radio frequency waves to communicate information about your pet. They are implanted just below the skin, usually between the shoulder blades. Sounds painful but I didn’t flinch when I had mine put in. I was too busy thinking about heading over to Sniff-It Park’s “Zoom Tube” water event. By the way, my tail tubed-it-up and I won!
OK, back to how the microchips work. Each microchip contains a registration number as well as the phone number for the particular brand of microchip that was implanted. When a pet is found, the pet is taken to a vet’s office or local animal shelter where a vet assistant or shelter worker uses a handheld scanner to read the radio frequency of the chip. The scanner then displays the information from the chip. The vet assistant or shelter worker then calls the phone number to reach the company that has the pet’s registration number and the pet’s home contact information. The pet’s owner is then called and the pet dances with joy…at least that’s what I would do. Of course I dance all the time anyway, so that’s nothing new.
If you’re wondering where to get a microchip, that’s easy. Many veterinarians and some animal shelters implant microchips for a small fee. But you have to remember something VERY important after you get your pet microchipped > you MUST register your pet with the microchip company by sending in the paper that includes your complete contact information (or you can register your information online at the company’s website). The company must have this information or they won’t be able to reunite you with your pet in the event that your pet gets lost. Some companies charge a one-time registration fee while others charge an annual fee. You’ll receive a tag for your pet’s collar with the chip number and registry phone number.
Are you keeping up with all this? I am typing this stuff really FAST!
Oh…one more important thing, you should still put identification tags on your pet. Even though microchips are a good identification tool, they are not foolproof. Plus, some people don’t know about microchips and, therefore, won’t take your pet to be scanned.
Annnnd, make sure you contact the company that your pet’s microchip is registered to if you change your address or phone number.
Microchips can help a lost pet get returned to its owner FAST! And I’m all about FAST!
There, that about covers it for me.
I’m Hot Rod…Zoomin’ Out!