The American Humane Association estimates over 10 million dogs and cats are lost or stolen in the U.S. every year, and one in three pets will become lost at some point during their life. Furthermore, only about 22 percent of lost dogs that entered the animal shelters were reunited with their families. However, the return-to-owner rate for microchipped dogs was over 52 percent (a 238 percent increase). Less than 2 percent of lost cats that entered the animal shelters were reunited with their families. The return-to-owner rate for microchipped cats was dramatically higher at over 38 percent (more than 2000 percent better).
A microchip can be thought of as a permanent form of identification for your animal. A microchip is not a “GPS” tracking device for your pet, although this is a common misconception. The microchip is a small, rice-sized device that is implanted under the skin, generally between the shoulder blades, by your veterinarian. When scanned, it will generate a series of letters or numbers that are specific to your pet. With that information, you are able to be located and your pet can be safely returned!
Pet Medical Center uses DATAMARS Microchips. The purchase of these microchips includes your registration information and an identification card for your pet. Although we would never hope that your pet would be lost, we would love to help you take the precautions necessary to help his/her safe return in that event! Call us with any questions, and to schedule an appointment today!
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