Why Should I Microchip My Dog & Cat ?
Your pet companion is a loyal, loving and irreplaceable friend – one that may have an urge to wander and explore and runs the risk of getting lost. Unfortunately, it is all too common for dogs/cats to lose their way back home and end up in a shelter. It is easy to think that it won’t happen, but the reality is that a staggering number of dogs are lost in the shelter system each year because they lack reliable means for identification once they are found.
At Pawsitive Pet Animal Clinic, we feel that dogs and cats are part of the family, yours and ours, and that is why we recommend every dog & cat receives an identification microchip.
Traditional dog ID tags that hang from a collar are a common sense line of defense, however Pet ID tags can easily become separated from your pet. In cases of pet theft, an ID tag is the first thing a thief will discard. However, a microchip for pet is a permanent solution that ensures your pet can be properly identified by a veterinarian or animal shelter, and reunited with you.
What Is A Pet Microchip ?
A pet microchip comes preloaded in a sterile applicator and is injected under the loose skin between the shoulder blades. Although there is no universally agreed upon location, a pet microchip is usually implanted between the shoulder blades. At approximately 12mm long, it is about the same size as a grain of rice. When performed by a veterinary professional, implanting a pet microchip takes a few seconds and is relatively painless. Once the microchip is implanted under the skin, it will remain for the entirety of your pet’s lifetime.
Pawsitive Vet Clinic use LifeChip microchips with Bio-Thermo™ Technology that offer permanent, unique and unalterable means of identifying your pets. The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and contains a passive transponder programmed with a unique 15 digit number, compliant with ISO Standards 11784 and 11785. Destron Fearing also complies with sterilization standards ISO 11135 and ISO 11607.
LifeChip® with Bio-Thermo™ Technology:
• Measures body temperature(1) through patented technology
• ISO microchip: 15 digit number with 134.2 kHz frequency.
• Easy to inject 12 Gauge needle.
• BioBond® cap that can help microchip from migrating by promoting tissue adhesion.
Will A Microchip Track My Pet Via GPS?
It is important to understand that a pet microchip is not a GPS device providing real time tracking capabilities. Rather, a pet microchip is a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) device. Unlike a GPS device, a pet microchip doesn’t require power, and it is easily identified by an animal shelter or veterinarian waving an RFID scanner across a pet’s body where the microchip is embedded. The scanner simply identifies the company who made the chip and provides an account number. Once the veterinarian has this information, they will contact the ID company, provide the account number, and then the company will contact you based on the information they have on file. Your information is never directly released to the veterinarian or to anyone else.
This brings us to an incredibly important part of pet microchipping: Registration! An RFID chip itself is useless if your registration isn’t submitted and then kept current. Don’t hesitate to ask your veterinarian any questions about the registration process, in order to ensure your pet can be accurately identified by it’s pet microchip.
Does Microchipping Pets Replace ID Tags?
Pet ID tags are the first line of defense in locating and identifying a lost animal. However, microchipping your pet is the second and in some ways more important line of defense for your pet. This is because pet microchipping ensures that your pet’s identification is never lost, stolen, removed or compromised in any way.
Does Microchipping Dogs Cause Pain?
A microchip for pets hurts about as much as having blood drawn. The needle required for the injection causes a pinch during microchipping procedures. Because it is only a momentary injection, no local or general anesthetic is required.
How Much Does A Pet Microchip Cost?
Since it is quick and non-invasive, dog microchip cost is very reasonable.
Are There Any Side Effects Of Microchipping Your Pets?
Microchipping is considered very safe. As with any medical procedure, there is always a risk of side effects. These include:
- Swelling at the site of the injection (temporary)
- Migration of the chip under the skin (rare and usually within an inch of initial location)
It is important to note that side effects have occurred in a very small portion of dogs and are minor. We recommend a dog microchip to every canine owner because any risks far outweigh the potential rewards.
The Central Pet Microchip Database For Microchipped Animals In Malaysia
There is currently no proper central database for microchipped animals, and this makes microchipping impractical as it is extremely difficult to locate your lost pets even if you have microchipped it. Even if a vet scanned and located the animal’s microchip number, he has no proper central source to query for information of the owner. With the central database @ PetFinder now provides the primary solution for agencies, vets, and independent rescuers alike to effectively trace owners of lost, kidnapped and deceased animals. We all understand how deeply attached owners are to their pets, and it is our desire to provide a better service to help these people locate their lost pets during such unfortunate events.
Register your microchipped pet – http://www.petfinder.my/microchip.htm
How Can I Schedule An Appointment To Get A Pet Microchip?
If you are ready to schedule an appointment for pet microchipping services, please contact us today. Our staff would be happy to help you register your beloved friend.