Microchipping: Your Pet’s Ticket Home
Nearly 1 in 3 pets will become lost during their lives. Microchip implants are an incredibly simple, inexpensive and effective way to find lost pets, keeping them out of Arizona’s animal shelters and back where they belong. These tiny chips serve as a permanent pet identification system that cannot be removed or damaged, reuniting you and your pet quickly. By encouraging this practice, Animal Care Hospital of Phoenix hopes to prevent some of the nearly 8 million animals that enter US shelters each year.
A simple process
The microchip is contained in a biocompatible capsule smaller than a grain of rice, ensuring that the device is non-toxic, hypoallergenic and completely safe. An easy, nearly pain-free procedure then places the transponder just under the skin where a special biopolymer keeps the device in place. These microchips are rated for 25 years, meaning they never need to be removed or recharged during your pet’s lifetime.
The transponder works by passively transmitting radio waves with an animal-specific tracking number that, when connected to the central database, displays the pet’s name and owner contact information. Should your pet run away or get lost, a simple scan of the chip will allow the proper authorities to determine the owner’s identity and return the animal accordingly.
Animal Care Hospital of Phoenix believes microchipping is the safest, most effective method of pet recovery available, helping reunite hundreds of Phoenix-area pets to their owners every year. To learn more about the benefits of pet microchips or schedule an appointment, please contact your Animal Care Hospital of Phoenix veterinarian today!