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According to the American Humane Association, only about 17% of lost pets ever find their way back home from shelters to their original owners. Almost 9.6 million pets are euthanized every year because their owners cannot be found. Collars and ID tags are great, but they run the risk of breaking or falling off. Microchipping is an easy way to be sure that your dog or cat can be traced back to you at any time because it cannot be lost or damaged. A microchip is a tiny computer chip (about the size of a grain of rice) placed underneath the skin in between the shoulder blades by a veterinarian. Each microchip has its own identification number that can be registered with your name and contact information and placed in a universal database. If your dog or cat is found, any animal hospital, shelter, or humane society can use a special scanner to pull up this identification number, and with a quick phone call, can link your pet right back to you. While microchipping is safe, convenient, and reliable, some pet owners still have some misconceptions about this newer form of identification. The following are some myths related to this procedure:

  • MYTH: The implantation procedure is too expensive.
  • TRUTH: The cost to have a microchip implanted at Care Animal Hospital is $30. It is a one-time fee, and the chip never needs to undergo maintenance or be replaced. There is generally a small fee (under $20.00) to enter your pet’s ID number into the universal database.
  • MYTH: It’s going to hurt my pet to get the chip implanted.
  • TRUTH: Many animals don’t react at all. The procedure is simple and routine, and it does not require anesthesia. It’s actually a lot like getting a vaccination. However, many people choose to have their puppy or kitten microchipped when they are being spayed or neutered and are under anesthesia.
  • MYTH: Eventually, the microchip will wear out, and I’ll have to have it replaced.
  • TRUTH: The chip doesn’t have an internal battery or power source. There is nothing to wear out or replace. The microchip will last throughout your pet’s lifetime. It is, however, your responsibility to update your pet’s microchip information every time you change your address or telephone number.
  • MYTH: A microchip is not safe for my dog or cat because it is a foreign object being injected into his body.
  • TRUTH: Obviously any injected foreign material will carry risks. However, the risks are extremely minimal compared to the risk of your pet becoming lost. The chip is made of an inert, biocompatible substance, which means it won’t cause an allergic reaction, and it won’t degenerate over time. Because of their new anti-migrating properties, they will not move around or get near any delicate tissues or organs. Because the chip is placed just under the skin and not internally, microchip reading is completely safe as well.
  • MYTH: My cat or dog is going to be an indoor only pet. She doesn’t need ID.
  • TRUTH: It is always safer to keep your pet indoors, however, a guest, repair person, or a small child could easily leave a door open. Screens in windows can fall out. If fire, storms, floods, or other natural disasters affect your home, your pet could become separated from you. Remember how pet owners and their animals were affected by Hurricane Katrina!

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