August 15th is National Check Your Microchip Day; do you have one in your pet as a great form of ID?
What is a Microchip, and Where Does It Go?
Microchips are small devices that are implanted under your pet’s skin. Each one has its own number that links your pet to you. Whichever company they are registered with will have your information on file along with your pet’s information and the microchip number. If your pet were to get lost and be taken to another vet clinic or humane society, the people there can scan your pet and know who they are and who they need to return to, after checking with the microchip supply company. At this point, you will be contacted to arrange to reconnect you with your furry friend.
Which Microchip Company to Choose?
All microchips regardless of the company, work the same way. Here at the clinic, we use EIDAP which use ISO Chips.
Why Does This Matter?
ISO chips are internationally recognized, so if you travel to another country with your pet, and their chip can be scanned. ISO chips have 15 digits compared to others that only have 9-10 digits. If your pet is microchipped with one that is only 9-10 digits, it is not recognized elsewhere. You can check out EIDAP for more information on the ISO standards.
Why Microchip? What About Tattoos or ID Tags?
Microchipping is a permanent and tamper-proof form of identification. It is still a good idea to put a visible ID Tag on your pet, but they can be removed or fall off. Tattoos were a good option before microchipping, but just like our own tattoos, they can fade over time and be difficult to read.
How Is It Done?
The microchip is implanted under the skin using a large needle. Here at Manitou, we offer microchipping at a discount if it is done at the same time as a spay, neuter, or any other surgery that requires general anesthesia. Though it can be done while your pet is awake, it is a bit uncomfortable. Once the procedure is completed, we will get your info to the company and have you all registered up. You will be sent home with an ID tag as well as some paperwork to contact the company if you move, change your number, or want to add additional information onto your profile with them.
If you are interested in getting your pet chipped for permanent identification, done hesitate to call into the clinic and we can set it up.
If you have any questions, give us a call at 519.893.1360.
Written by: Alisa Weaver, RVT