You open the door to get the morning paper and your beloved cat bolts outside, never to be seen again. You forgot to latch the backyard gate and now your faithful canine companion has been missing for over a week. These stories, and many like them, are told regularly by sad-eyed owners when they visit shelters searching desperately for their lost pets. "Why didn't you put identification on your pet?" the shelter worker asks. "We did but the tag was lost We were meaning to replace it" is the response.
Visual tags often become lost, misplaced or obsolete — even for those who obey the law. The best strategy is to use a microchip as the primary, permanent identification and to use a collar-tag as a visual, secondary back up. This will make it possible for anyone to identify a lost pet at a glance yet protect the pet when its tag has been lost. Permanent microchip identification will also make it possible to reclaim stolen pets and prevent animals from being inadvertently seized and killed (especially cats).we just never got around to it."
What are Microchips?
A microchip is a tiny, totally inert electronic transponder about the size of a grain of rice. The chip is implanted into an animal using a simple, painless procedure similar to a routine vaccination. For most animals (dogs, cats) the chip is implanted in the scruff of the neck (the loose skin over the pet's shoulder blades). In birds, the chip is implanted under a wing. This procedure takes seconds and does not require anesthesia.
Once implanted into the animal, the microchip remains inactive until read with a scanner. Scanners send a low-radio-frequency-signal to the chip, providing the power needed by the microchip to send its unique code back to the scanner with the animal's ID number. After implantation, the device remains with the animal for life. Once the microchip is inserted it would require a veterinarian to surgically remove the chip.
The use of a microchip allows the ID number to be stored permanently inside the animal, just under the skin, where it cannot be lost or altered or become worn and unreadable like an external pet tag. The chip, antenna, and capacitor are encased in a tiny glass tube. The tube is composed of soda lime glass, which is known for compatibility with living tissue. The glass is hermetically sealed to keep moisture out. The microchip will last the life of the animal. This safe, lifetime protection takes just minutes to complete.
What are Scanners?
Microchips are powered and read by scanners using a low frequency radio band. Scanners generate a magnetic field that is intercepted by the microchip. The microchip uses the energy from this field to power itself and transmit a return signal to the scanner that converts it into the microchip's identification code. The resulting alphanumeric identification code is displayed, and identifies the pets owner by the code .
The micro chip is registered in a data base and when scanned and the code ran through the data base , the pet owner can be found and the safe return of your pet.