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Many pet owners don't realize that a tiny piece of technology embedded underneath their pet's skin can make all the difference in the world if that pet goes missing. Microchipping is a technique for helping lost pets get reunited with their owners if they turn up at a shelter, animal hospital or other facility capable of scanning this this clever device. If your pet doesn't have a traditional ID tag, his microchip might be the only way anyone can identify him as yours. That's why Radford Animal Hospital offers microchipping as an easy, affordable preventative measure.
How does this miraculous device work? A microchip is actually a rather low-tech structure by modern standards. It's nothing more than a tiny piece of circuitry powered entirely by exposure to RF (radio frequency) energy from an exterior scanner; it has no battery or other internal power source to worry about. The chip contains a unique ID number along with the contact information for the registry service that issued it. Your own contact information is also filed with the registry service.
If your missing animal shows us at our vet clinic, an animal shelter, or any other place where the employees have RFID scanners, a quick scan of the pet's skin will cause the chip's data to be displayed on the scanner. The finder of the pet can then contact the registry service and use the ID number to view your contact information and tell you that your pet has been found.
Microchips are especially useful as a backup ID method to the traditional collar-mounted tag. While most individuals who encounter a lost pet will use the collar tag to identify the animal, it's all too easy for these tags to get torn off. Since many unidentified pets end up in animal shelters, scanning for a microchip becomes a critical second line of identification. You'll want to secure both forms of ID for your pet, making sure to update the contact information whenever it changes.
If you envision microchip implantation as a major surgical procedure, our team at Radford Animal Hospital can put your mind at ease. A microchip is only about as large as a grain of rice, meaning that we can implant it between your pet's shoulder blades via injection. It's a quick and easy process that can easily be incorporated into a routine wellness visit, along with vaccinations and other pet care essentials. If you're adopting a new pet, we can scan him to see whether he already has a microchip, in which case it's just a matter of updating the owner contact information at the registry. Once implanted, a microchip should continue to work for 25 years.
Take the necessary steps to ensure a happy ending in case you and your beloved companion are separated. Contact Radford Animal Hospital today to schedule an appointment for microchipping!