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Having your pet go missing without a trace is a heartrending experience -- and during such an anxiety-filled time, the last thing you need is the additional worry over whether his collar ID tags are still attached to him. It's absolutely imperative that you make sure your pet can always be identified by a veterinarian or animal shelter so you can be reunited with him. That why Central Animal Hospital urges all owners to have their pets microchipped by any Scarsdale vet on our experienced team. This simple, non-surgical procedure can make all the difference when it comes to finding your lost pet and bringing him back home where he belongs.
A microchip packs some impressive technology into an impressively tiny package. This RFID (radio-frequency identification) device is tiny enough to be injected through a needle, eliminating any need for surgical implantation. A the same time, it contains a unique identification number that it can transmit to the display of an RFID scanning device, even though it has no internal battery or other power source of its own; it simply responds to the energy emitted by the scanner.
Professionals who work with animals are equipped with such instruments so that if they find a pet that appears lost, they can scan the pet's skin between the shoulder blades (the usual place for implanted microchips) and retrieve the ID number. This number is then matched up with your contact data in the pet registry associated with that microchip.
Microchipping offers many attractive benefits to pet owners. Since they're injectable, the implantation can be performed quickly, easily and affordably by your veterinarian in Scarsdale during a regular wellness exam or other scheduled procedure. The fact that they don't need an internal power source means that they can't run out of energy. Best of all, they remain in your pet for life as a constant, reliable source of identification -- unlike collar tags, which become useless if they're ripped off the collar (or if the collar itself falls off your pet).
That said, microchipping should be thought of as a complement to collar ID tags, not as a replacement for them. Collar tags are still the main way most individuals can trace your pet back to you; the microchip is simply there as a backup. Ideally, your pet should always be equipped with both kinds of identification. Don't forget to let the registry service know if your contact information ever changes; this data needs to be updated to ensure that you can be located once your pet has been found.
Give your pet the best possible chance to find his way back to you in the event of an unexpected separation. Call Central Animal Hospital at 914-723-1250 to schedule microchipping with any veterinarian at our clinic!