PET PERMANENT IDENTIFICATION
According to PetFinder, over 10 million pets go missing each year, and one out of every three pets will go missing at some point in their lives. Every year, an estimated 9 million pets without permanent pet identification are surrendered to animal shelters in the United States. Unfortunately, only 15% of misplaced dogs and 2% of misplaced cats are ever found and returned to their owners. The vast majority of animals are adopted or euthanized. Beaumont Animal Clinic recommends pet microchipping as a permanent method of pet identification. The microchip is injected with a syringe between your dog’s or cat’s shoulder blades, causing minimal pain or discomfort.
This can be done concurrently with spaying or neutering your puppy or kitten, or during a wellness examination. The microchip will last the life of your pet, but it must be updated with your contact information whenever it changes to ensure that your pet can be returned to you in an emergency.
What is the underlying technology?
Each microchip contains a unique code that is linked to the pet’s profile and the contact information of the owner. This chip can be scanned by veterinary offices, animal shelters, and other animal organisations in your community. As a result, not only should you microchip your pet, but you should also complete the registration process and remember to update the microchip.