Microchip Pet Identification
You consider your pet to be another member of your family and you want to do your best to make sure the animal stays healthy, safe and secure. Microchipping is a safe and easy procedure that should not cause your animal discomfort. The microchip is a small electronic device that stores digital information (your contact details) and it fits inside a strong glass capsule about the size as a grain of rice.
When you bring your pet to Santa Fe Pet Hospital, you’ll provide your name, address, and phone numbers to be stored in the database, and this information will be connected to the unique ID number associated with the chip.
In the days before microchipping to protect pets, owners would do things such as put up posters all around their neighborhood with a photo of the animal, its name and how to reach the owner. Obviously, this limits the number of people who might have seen your dog or cat to those who happen to notice the poster in a limited geographic location.
As people began turning to social media such as Facebook and Twitter, they could share the news about their missing pet much more widely. While this is a great way to help locate an animal, it does not address the issue of people who are not following you on social media.
But with microchipping, a major benefit is that you can be assured that identification of your pet will remain linked to the animal because of the small microchip that has been permanently embedded just below the skin. Another benefit is that microchipping allows for up-to-date information. If you rely on a pet tag hanging off of the animal’s collar, you’ll have to remember to replace the tag –when you move or change your phone. But with the pet database, all you have to do is update your contact details electronically.
Once someone finds your pet, it’s a simple matter of scanning the animal at a vet or shelter to retrieve information from the database so they can contact you!