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Tip of the Month

7/26/2010 Micro Chipping Your Pet

Micro Chipping Saves Lives

Micro Chipped Dog Being Scanned

Microchips very small transponders which are about the size of a grain of rice. A micro sized coil along with a memory circuit is enclosed within a biocompatible glass which is small enough to fit into a hypodermic syringe. A unique number is registered to your pet that is contained in the chips memory circuit and it can be read by special scanners.

Microchip Pros and Cons

Pros:
The chip cannot be moved, once implanted, and can last up to 75 years.
  • The veterinarian or technician implants the device in less than a minute.

  • Pet does not have to be put under anesthesia to place micro chip.

  • Pets are not bothered by micro chip once placed.

  • Does not disfigure like a tattoo and they are tamper-proof.
  • Cons:
    More expensive than tags or tattoos.
  • If pet is found, many people would not know to take the pet to a shelter or veterinary hospital to scan.

  • Most chips are standardized; however there are still several brands that have to be registered.
  • Micro Chip and Collar Combo

    Due to the fact that people who do find lost pets may still be clueless regarding micro chipping, a combination of both the micro chip and collar with identification tags would increase the chance of your pet being returned. Your local veterinary assistant can help you scan a lost pet that you may have found for a microchip.

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