When it comes to your pet, it always helps to expect the unexpected. That’s why we highly recommend having your pet microchipped—if they do happen to escape from the backyard or through an open door, they’ll have a greater chance of being reunited with you. Millions of cats and dogs are either lost or stolen every year in the U.S. as estimated by the American Humane Society. However, it was found that compared to non-microchipped pets, pets with microchips are substantially more likely to be returned to their owners.
Here at Awesome Care Veterinary Hospital in Oklahoma City, we consider pet microchipping to be an important part of keeping companion animals safe and happy.
How It Works
The HomeAgain microchip is a tiny transponder no larger than a grain of rice that contains your pet’s unique ID number. This number must be registered into the HomeAgain National Pet Recovery Database under your name and contact information so your pet can be traced directly back to you. The microchip is injected under your pet’s skin, between their shoulder blades where they can’t scratch or lick at the injection site. The microchip should remain there for the rest of your pet’s life.
Pet microchips do not have any internal power source. Their sole source of power comes from the microchip scanning device, which transmits radio waves into the microchip, which in turn transmits the ID number to the scanner. If your pet gets lost and ends up at another animal hospital or a shelter, a staff member can scan your pet’s chip, enter the number into the database, and pull up your information.
The most important thing you can do after having your pet microchipped is to register the ID number into the HomeAgain National Pet Recovery Database. Here at Awesome Care, we include the first year’s registration with your pet’s microchip. Also, be sure to update your contact information in the database if you and your pet move to a new location.
If you have any questions about pet microchipping or would like to schedule an appointment to have your four-legged friend microchipped, give us a call today at (405) 631-0569.