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If you're a pet owner, you can't stand the thought of your beloved companion getting lost or going missing. Unfortunately, putting an ID tag on your pet's collar isn't a foolproof solution to this concern. ID tags can be torn off by dense foliage or in a confrontation with another animal, leaving your pet with means whatsoever of being identified and reunited with you. Fortunately, there's an easy, quick, affordable, and best of all permanent answer -- a tiny microchip transceiver injected just beneath your pet's skin. Our Leonardtown animal hospital is more than happy to perform this microchipping service for your precious pets.
How does Leonardtown pet microchipping help your pet get found? The chip itself is a tiny radio-frequency ID (RFID) transceiver encoded with a unique identifying number. This number, along with your contact information, is kept in a national pet registry database associated with the maker of the chip. The microchip has not power source of its own, nor does it need one. Whenever it is scanned by an RFID scanner, it automatically sends its data to the scanner's display.
Animal shelters and other animal health workers typically keep these scanners handy in case an identified pet appears. These workers scan the pet's shoulder area (where the microchip is usually implanted) to see whether the animal has been microchipped. The worker will check the unique ID number against the database to get your contact information and then contact you to let you know that your pet has been found.
If you've always assumed that microchipping is an involved, costly or invasive procedure, you'll be happy to learn otherwise. The microchip is so small (about the size of a grain of rice) that no surgery is required to implant it; we simply inject it into the skin around the pet's shoulder blades with a hypodermic needle. This simple procedure, which can be performed in the course of a routine examination or other wellness care at our Leonardtown veterinary hospital, can make all the difference between finding your missing pet and losing him forever.
Even if your pet has a microchip implanted, that doesn't mean you should stop using collar tags. A collar ID tag is more likely to be useful for the average person on the street not equipped with an RFID scanner. The smartest strategy is to use both collar tags and microchipping to give your pet the best possible chance of being found if he should go missing. It helps that your pet's microchip can provide 25 years or more of service without any need for maintenance or replacement.
If you love your pets, make sure you've done all you can to bring them home when they get lost. Schedule Leonardtown pet microchipping today by calling Breton Veterinary Hospital at (301) 475-7808. Our Leonardtown veterinary hospital can help you keep your furry family together!