One of the most worrisome aspects of owning a cat or a dog is the chance that your pet will become lost someday. This can easily happen when a crafty pet escapes from your home or wanders off during a family vacation. Microchipping is a simple procedure that can protect your pet and bring you peace of mind.
Pet Loss Advice from Our Laguna Hills Veterinarian
Pets often go missing when you least expect it. They are able to open doors even slightly ajar. They wander from the tent on a camping trip. Sadly, missing cats and dogs rarely return to their homes.
Estimates suggest that more than 10 million U.S. cats and dogs are lost or stolen each year. Your pet has a one in three chance of becoming lost during its lifetime, our Laguna Hills veterinarian notes.
A study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association shows the impact of microchipping. Only around one in five lost dogs who made it to an animal shelter were reunited with their families. However, for canines with microchips, more than half made it home. Less than 2 percent of cats entering shelters made it back to their families. Among those with a microchip, 38 percent were able to return home.
How Microchipping Works
Our Laguna Hills animal hospital offers this invaluable service to all of our cat and dog patients. Our veterinarian injects a microchip, which is approximately the size of a grain of rice, under the surface of your pet’s skin. The microchip contains a tiny radio-frequency transponder within a bioglass capsule.
Inside the capsule is a unique number. If a veterinary or animal shelter staff member runs a scanning device over your pet, the device emits a radio frequency that produces enough power to transmit this number, which is linked to information about you. Our Laguna Hills veterinarian stresses that it is crucial that owners of pets with microchips keep their contact information updated so that they may be contact quickly when a pet is recovered.
When you bring your dog or cat to our Laguna Hills animal hospital, our veterinarian typically inserts the chip between the animal’s shoulder blades. The procedure takes just a few seconds, much like an immunization. It requires no anesthesia.
Permanent Benefits of Microchips
Collars with identification tags have helped many lost pets return to their owners. However, they are far from permanent and are easily lost if snagged when the animal is outdoors.
Microchips, however, last for your pet’s entire life. They do not erode or fall out. Any veterinary practice, shelter, or animal control office can scan your pet to look for a number. Several services maintain microchip records of owners and how to contact them.
For our staff members at Trinity Pet Hospital, your pet’s well-being is the top priority. Arranging for your dog or cat to have this high-tech device is an important way to help ensure your pet’s safety.