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Let’s separate some microchip facts from fiction. Microchips are Radio-Frequency Identification Implants (RFID). When a scanner is passed over the chip, the chip receives enough power from the scanner to transmit a number unique to that pet to the scanner.  Microchips are not GPS tracking devices. They have no power source of their own, so they are unable to transmit information as to the pet’s location. Because microchips have no power source or moving parts, there is nothing to wear out, and most chips last the lifetime of the pet. Microchips are implanted under the skin by your veterinarian in a sterile injector, much like a vaccine or any other injection. Anesthesia is not required. All veterinary clinics, animal control officers, and shelters have scanners that can read any type of microchip, regardless of the manufacturer. Most microchips cost less than fifty dollars.

A microchip is one of the best safeguards you can provide your pet. Get your pet a microchip at Cascade Animal Clinic today!

Microchipping Your Pet

It was a dark and stormy night. No, really! I was driving home from work when suddenly a dog ran into the road in front of my car. I was able to stop in time and coax the soaked, be-draggled dog into my car, to prevent any other car from hitting him. He was a black lab that looked like almost every black lab, and was wearing no collar or tags. I took him to my workplace at Cascade Animal Clinic, and kept my fingers crossed while using our scanner to check for a microchip. Thank heaven! A number popped up on the scanner. Within an hour, I was able to call the microchip company, they identified the microchip, I called the owner and reunited Bo with his grateful, relieved owner.

Bo was lucky. His story could have been a sad one. Many pets do not have a microchip. If they stray and lose their collar and ID tag, it may be difficult to trace the owner. Strays outside city limits may be taken to county animal shelters. Owners may not know to look there because these shelters can be far away from where the pet was lost. Cats are notorious for getting free of collars. Because of shelter overcrowding, many pets can be held for only 3 days waiting for their owner to claim them. Less than 10% of pets that end up in shelters without identification are reunited with their owners.

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