Meet Mandy and her loving Dad, Alex. They look like a happy pair right? Well, this happily ever after almost didn’t happen. Sadly, Mandy escaped out the door of her family home just around Christmas time in 2020. Her family put up posters, posted on neighborhood listservs, contacted shelters and rescues in exhausting attempts to find their beloved Mandy. After months of trying, they had about given up hope. How then, did this amazing photo come to be? A microchip! You can read their reunion story here: https://www.facebook.com/PetsBringJoy
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Did you know that one in three pets become lost at some point in their lives? A scary statistic for sure and a very good reason to microchip your best feline or canine friend. Curious to know how microchips work and if there are alternatives out there? Here are the basics on pet microchipping, why it’s important, how it works, and other measures you can take to keep your pets in your loving arms.
What Is a Microchip?
A microchip is a radio-frequency identification transponder that is gently inserted between the shoulder blades, just under your pet’s skin. It’s about the size of a grain of rice and carries a unique identification number. When the microchip is scanned by a vet or shelter, it transmits the ID number. It’s no more invasive than a vaccination.
Important things to remember.
Microchips are not GPS tracking devices. A GPS may tell you where your pet is, but it can’t provide your contact information to those nearby that would help return him home (shelters, rescues and vet offices). Microchips are a level of protection that link your pet to your information through the national pet recovery database.
A service like PBJ Pet Care, for example, microchips your pet using Buddy ID. The facility that scans your pet can then enter the microchip number into the Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool (sponsored by the American Animal Hospital Association) at www.PetMicrochipLookup.org. Buddy ID is an official member. This means that all pets chipped by PBJ Pet Care and registered with Buddy ID are searchable in both the national network and the Buddy ID network. Buddy ID will contact you if your pet is found. It is equally important to keep your contact information up to date with the registry.
Collars, harnesses, and tags can break off or be removed. Even if tags stay on, over time they can become hard to read. A microchip will permanently identify your pet if it gets lost or stolen. That said, all pets should continue to wear a collar and tags that include their owner’s contact information.
Why should I microchip my pet?
You are 20 times more likely to be reunited with your pet if he/she is microchipped. It’s a simple, non-invasive procedure, it’s not expensive, and you want your beloved furry family members to remain in your loving home forever. So, take this opportunity to have your cat and/or dog microchipped, because the thought of losing him is not a thought you want to entertain.
You Can Microchip Anytime
It’s never too late to microchip your pets! Microchipping helps reunite pets with their families every day, just like Mandy and Alex! During this National Microchipping Month, let's commit to making sure all pets are returned safely to their families.
PBJ Pet Care Can Help
PBJ Pet Care Service offers low cost ($35) microchipping for cats and dogs. We want all pets to have this level of protection. To schedule your pet’s microchip appointment, in home or curbside, please visit https://pbjpetcare.org/services
The information contained on this blog is for informational and entertainment purposes only. It is not guaranteed to be accurate, as it is solely based on the author's experiences. The views expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of PBJ Pet Care Service or Pets Bring Joy animal rescue.