Microchips are tiny, but they can provide a significant benefit to pets and their families. Our animal hospital in Northeast Ohio offers microchipping for pets of all ages and sizes, because we know how important it is for them to stay connected to their families, no matter how many miles separate them. Millions of pets manage to run away and get lost every year, and many do not return to their homes. With a cat or dog microchip, your pet’s chances of being found and traced back to you are much higher.
How a Microchip is Placed
Microchipping your pet is a simple and quick procedure, with no sedation required. In fact, it’s actually quite painless. The microchip is transferred through a needle and placed under the skin between your pet’s shoulder blades, where it should remain for life. It’s no bigger than a grain of rice, but it possesses a unique ID number that you need to register under your name, address, and phone number.
Registering Your Pet’s Microchip
Registering your pet’s microchip through PetLink is a vital step in ensuring your furry friend’s safety and swift return if they ever get lost. When you have your pet microchipped, it’s essential to register the chip’s unique ID number and your contact information with a pet recovery service like PetLink.
Once registered, the microchip’s ID is linked to your contact information in PetLink‘s database. If your pet ever goes missing and is found, animal shelters or veterinarians can scan the chip, retrieve the ID, and access PetLink‘s database to reunite you with your pet promptly. This registration is crucial as it ensures that the microchip serves its purpose effectively, significantly increasing the chances of a lost pet being returned home safely.
You do not need to pay for the basic microchip services. Sometimes you may be asked for additional services, but registering is 100% free! PetLink‘s registration provides peace of mind, offering a secure platform to store your pet’s information and facilitating a quick and efficient process for reuniting lost pets with their families. It’s a proactive step every pet owner should take to safeguard their furry companions.
Reading a Cat or Dog Microchip
If your pet gets lost and a good Samaritan brings them to another animal hospital or shelter, their staff can use a microchip scanner to read the ID number on your pet’s chip. They wave the scanner over your pet to detect the chip, which responds to the scanner’s radio waves and transmits the ID number back to the scanner. They can then enter this number into the database to locate your information.