An astounding 1 out of 3 pets will be lost during its lifetime! Here at AMNC, we have first hand experience hearing tales of cats and dogs that jump out of cars while they’re parked, are lost during air travel, slip their collar, get lost while hunting, or simply go missing. In New York City we know of at least 3 pets that managed to walk from their apartment into the hallway of their building, slip into the elevator, walk through the lobby, and out of the front door of the building, never to be seen again.
Microchips are rice-sized oblong bits that are inserted safely under the skin of your pet. They do not emit any kind of signal or have any kind of power source contained in them. They are simply made out of a metal, that when stimulated by the signal of an external ‘reading device’, reflect back a unique identification number specific to the animal.
Microchips can be installed during your pet’s first spay or neuter procedure with us, but you don’t have to wait till the pet is anesthetized. Because microchips are so small, you can merely inject them under the skin using a hypodermic needle. The placement of the chips is no more painful than an annual vaccine injection.
If a pet is lost, it’s typically not long before they end up at a veterinary office, pound, shelter or other public animal welfare organization. All of these care-centers have the necessary ‘reading device’ to scan for a microchip in a pet. An additional bonus is that all microchips are prominently visible on x-rays. When animals are brought to a location that has a microchip reader, they can typically be scanned and fully identified within 3o minutes of their arrival or less.
In the misfortunate event of a pet loss, place a call to our office and, if the pet is microchipped, one call to the microchip manufacturer. Instantly, alerts are bulletined to shelters, veterinary offices and pounds throughout Rockland County and beyond. In the case of pets that are traveling, alerts are sent to the area in which the pet was last seen. Alerts include a picture and description of your pet, along with a number to call when the pet is found. It’s important to note that in cases of air travel, pet microchips are often required.
Given the low cost of microchips, the ease and by which they can be placed, their safety, and their broad reaching benefits, we don’t believe there should ever be a case when pets are not microchipped. There is simply no better or safer way to make sure that if your pet finds itself lost, you have a way of finding him or her and bringing them back to the safety of your family and your (their) home. Click here to be taken to the manufacturer’s website on microchips.