Microchips help to prevent the heartbreak of a lost or stolen pet not returning home. Even if you consider yourself a conscientious pet owner, accidents happen. So much so that an estimated 10 million dogs or cats are lost or stolen on an annual basis. This equates to about one out of every three pets!
For this reason, the veterinarians at Animal Medical Clinic of Gulf Gate highly urge all pet owners to be prepared with reliable identification to maximize the likelihood of a pet making a safe return home. This recommendation is universal for both indoor and outdoor pets. Microchips can be inserted at any age. But, we recommend microchipping your pet sooner rather than later for their safety and your peace of mind.
The insertion process causes no pain to your pet. It is a quick and simple procedure, and can be performed at the same time as other services, such as administering vaccines or performing spay/neuter procedure. Once your pet's microchip has been inserted, complete the registration process by providing the national database with your current contact information. Importantly, should you ever move or change phone numbers, be sure to update your pet's microchip registration!
Each microchip has a unique serial number attached to it. This way, when a lost pet is found, animal shelters, animal hospitals, and animal care workers can use a special scanner to read the serial number and how to contact you.
In addition to microchips, our veterinary team supports the use of collars and ID tags. Although these forms of identification are not foolproof, they are an added resource and signifies to others that your pet has a home and family.