October 12, 2018
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Lost And Found: The Importance Of Microchipping

Dr. Cathy DeJesus
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Lost and found means more in the veterinary field than misplacing possessions; it means the difference between getting a loved one back and potentially losing them forever. Therefore, we use different tools for identification and contact information for our pets.

Microchipping is a permanent way to identify your pet and involves placing a small computer chip, the size of a grain of rice, under the skin. Your pet’s microchip can be scanned by a shelter or veterinary facility to obtain the number associated with the chip. It is important to ensure your pet’s microchip is registered with your correct contact information so that you may be reached if your pet is lost. Tags and collars are important for rabies information and providing initial contact information, but these can fall off or get damaged.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), “A study of more than 7,700 stray animals at animal shelters showed that dogs without microchips were returned to their owners 21.9 percent of the time, whereas microchipped dogs were returned to their owners 52.2 percent of the time. Cats without microchips were reunited with their owners only 1.8 percent of the time, whereas microchipped cats went back home 38.5 percent of the time.”

Microchips can be implanted at any time during a pet’s life for a generally inexpensive onetime fee. The procedure is usually quick and easy, with no sedation or anesthesia required (unless the pet is like me and hates needles). Sometimes the prick of the needle can cause mild discomfort, but usually pets don’t even notice it. Procedures that require anesthesia or sedation — like spays, neuters, or wound repairs — present a great opportunity to have this device placed if not done previously.

After the pet has been microchipped, it is important that you register the device with your up-to-date contact information and make adjustments if necessary, as this information will be used to contact you if your pet is lost. This is even important for pets that never go outside or are only outside with supervision, as you never know when a pet might escape.

At your next veterinary visit, take the best step in assuring your pet’s safety and consider microchipping. Some veterinary centers will register your pet’s microchip for you. This is the most important step because if your pet’s microchip is not registered, there is no way for them to be returned to you.

Help ensure your pet can be easily reunited with you in the case you get separated. Call to schedule an appointment for your pet to be microchipped today.

The doctors at Calvert Veterinary Center have more than 28 years of combined experience treating pets for all ailments, especially pets with allergies. Call 410-360-PAWS (7297) for an appointment or schedule online at www.calvertvet.com. Calvert Veterinary Center is conveniently located at 4100 Mountain Road and has been proudly serving the Pasadena community for more than 14 years.

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