Being unintentionally separated from our pets is one of our worst fears. Domestic animals don’t have the same sense of danger that we do, nor are they capable of looking after themselves for more than a few hours. When you love your pet like a member of your own family, you want to do all you can to keep them safe and healthy and you can’t do that if they are lost or have been stolen. Fortunately, there is something you can do that means that you have a strong chance at being reunited with your pet should this happen – pet microchipping.
We are delighted to be able to offer a comprehensive pet microchipping program - a valuable service that makes it significantly more likely that you will be reunited with your precious pet in the event that he becomes lost or stolen.
Many owners who have not yet experienced the benefits of pet microchipping don’t fully understand just how valuable the service can be. Until the conception of pet microchipping, collars and tags were the only way of attaching your contact details to your pet. Unfortunately, as many people were unlucky to discover, collars and tags can fall off, be removed or be tampered with. If this is the case, it is extremely unlikely that you will ever be reunited with your pet. Even if you were to track down your missing animal, it may be that you would enter an ownership dispute with the person who is trying to claim your pet as their own.
Fortunately, pet microchips are completely tamper-proof. They are so small that it would be impossible (and invasive) for someone to try and remove one. It cannot fall off, and since microchip providers invest heavily in cybersecurity to ensure registration details are safe, it is virtually impossible for someone to access and tamper with your personal information. All of this means that you are more likely to be successfully reunited with your pet.
Pet microchipping is a very simple and safe process. A tiny microchip, about the same size as a grain of rice, is given a unique identification number and is then implanted into your pet via a largely painless process similar to giving a vaccination. For most animals, this will be in the soft tissue between the shoulder blades, but if you have a more exotic pet, the location of the microchip will vary. Here it lies dormant until it comes into close contact with an RFID (radio frequency identification) scanner – something which many veterinary offices and animal shelters have now invested in. When the scanner passes over the microchip, it will emit its unique identification number and details about which microchip identification service it is registered to. This allows the finder to contact the microchip provider to let them know that the animal has been recovered and the provider/finder to contact you to let you know where your pet is so that you can collect him.
If you would like more information on our pet microchipping service, or if you would like to arrange to have your pet microchipped, please don’t hesitate to contact our experienced and compassionate team at 4 Paws Veterinary Hospital in Duffield, VA by calling (276)-431-4838.