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Microchip Clinic December 2016
December 17, 2016
Every year millions of stray animals enter municipal shelters across the country. A very small percentage of these animals are reunited with their owners. That’s why Save-An-Angel believes that Micro-Chips are one of the most important things you can buy for your pets and are thrilled to announce our first ever micro chip clinic at the Gretna Farmers Market on Saturday December 17, 2017!
What is a microchip? A microchip is a permanent method of electronic identification. The chip itself is very small – about the size of a grain of rice – and is implanted subcutaneously (just under the skin) between the shoulder blades at the back of your pet’s neck. This procedure is relatively painless, much like a vaccination. Each chip is programmed with a unique identification number that is detected using a microchip scanner.
The micro chip identification number is registered with the microchip company and all registered microchips are stored in the database. When an animal is scanned, the number comes up; the finder contacts the microchip company and receives the owner’s information. This ensures a much higher success rate for reuniting pets with their owners. Once your pet is chipped the MOST IMPORTANT thing you can do is REGISTER THE CHIP IMMEDIATELY.
We often find dogs that are chipped, but not registered making it impossible to reunite the animals with their families. We always recommend that every owned dog and cat, including indoor only pets, should wear a collar with tags. However, you can never tell when your dog will slip past you out the door or worse slip out of their collars. When your pet gets a microchip there is also an additional tag you can add that says “I’m Chipped” letting the finders know to get the dog scanned immediately. If the tags fall off, that’s OK! It’s starting to become common practice to get a dog scanned, and most shelters do it the moment they walk through the door.
So, please visit Save-An-Angel’s micro-chip clinic, find one near you, or talk to your family vet! We promise you won’t regret making the decision to microchip your pet. It could be the difference between life and death for your best friend.