Microchips are the most reliable form of identification available for your pets.
Here at Hunters Glen Veterinary Hospital, we use Save This Life protective pet microchipping.
The main benefit of this program is that the person who finds your pet can get directly in contact with you by simply searching on Google using the microchip number. You information is kept private, but they may text or email you. Then you are given a map showing your pet’s location where they were found. It is a universal chip, so it can be read by any scanner, anywhere. The registration is free and never expires.
Will it hurt to have a microchip implanted in my pet?
Not any more than a standard vaccine or injection. The chip is placed with a sterile needle and applicator in the same way an injection or vaccine would be given. Animals generally handle this very well, and it is worth it to know that you have given your pet the best chance to find their way home if lost.
Can I track my pet when it has been microchipped?
Unfortunately, the type of chip used for microchipping (RFID) is not capable of sending that kind of signal. Perhaps in the next 10-15 years the technology will advance and tracking of your pets will be possible. For now, the program used by Hunters Glen is the most advanced chip available.
My pet wears collars, so why do I need a microchip?
Sometimes pets lose their collars outside, especially cats. Maybe the pet is involved in a natural disaster. A microchip is the only permanent identification (besides a tattoo) to link your pet back to you if their collar has been lost.
My pet has been microchipped, so that means they are good for the rest of their life, right?
The chip should remain in place for the rest of the pet’s life, yes. However, the chip must be registered and the information provided to the registration company must be current. The chips that are placed at Hunters Glen include free lifetime registration.