Friday, October 18, 2013

Microchipping Can Save Your Pet's Life

Microchips can help reunite lost pets with their families. If you adopted your pet from Animal Friends or another local shelter, your pet is already microchipped. If you didn’t, talk to your vet about microchipping today!

Microchips are a tiny chip, the size of a grain of rice, with a unique bar code. It is implanted under a pet’s skin and can be read with a scanner. When a lost pet shows up at an animal shelter, animal control facility or veterinarian’s office, most places will first scan the pet to look for a microchip, which can quickly identify the pet’s owner.

After microchipping your pet, submit your pet’s bar code number with your contact information to the company that provided the chip.               

Microchips are not painful. During the procedure, the pet feels a fast prick--similar to a vaccination.

Remember that microchips are not foolproof. If you move or get a new phone number, you must remember to update your pet’s listing in the manufacturer’s directory.

Microchips will  last the life of your pet. Be sure that your pet wears ID tags too!

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