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The importance of a microchip

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Karla Kirby

Veterinarians, animal shelters and animal control officers and regularly look for microchips to return lost pets as quick as possible to their owners. This saves on expenses for food, housing, medical care, and sadly, euthanasia. Many shelters place chips in all found animals.

Microchips are also used by kennels, brokers, trainers, kennels, trainers, Humane Societies, rescue groups, farms, and pet stores.

Microchips can also activate some cat doors programmed to recognize specific felines...

Some countries necessitate microchips in imported animals to match vaccination records.

Information about the implant is often imprinted on a collar tag worn by a pet
Microchips can be implanted by a veterinarian or at a shelter. After checking that the animal does not already have a chip, the vet or technician injects the chip with a syringe and records the chip's unique ID. No anesthetic is required. A test scan ensures correct operation.

An enrollment form is completed with chip ID, pet name and description, owner contact information shelter and/or veterinarian contact information, and an alternate emergency contact chosen by the pet owner. Some shelters and veterinarians delegate themselves as the primary contact to remain informed about possible problems with the animals they place. The form is sent to a registry that may be the chip distributor, manufacturer, or an independent entity.

The owner receives a registration certificate with the chip ID and recovery service contact information. The information can be imprinted on a collar tag worn by the cat as well. .

Shelters and authorities inspect strays for chips, providing the recovery service with the ID number, description and location so they may inform the owner or contact. If the feline is wearing the collar tag, the finder does not need a chip reader to contact the registry. An owner can also report a missing cat to the recovery service, as veterinarians look for chips in new animals and check with the recovery service to see if it has been reported stolen or lost.

Many veterinarians scan an animal's chip on every visit to confirm correct operation. Some use the chip ID as their database directory and print it out on test results, receipts, vaccination certifications and additional records.

A microchip is quite inexpensive, but very invaluable.

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