No one wants to have a missing pet, but unfortunately, pets get lost all of the time. No matter how careful you are, your pet could dig under the fence, bolt out the door, or break off the leash and go missing in an instant. Americans own an estimated 78 million dogs and 85.8 million cats. Of these pets, approximately 10 million are lost each year. When pets are missing or stolen and lose their collars and ID tags, how can they find their way home?
Pet microchips are a permanent form of identification that pets can never lose – whether they get lost or are taken from your yard.

How Do Pet Microchips Work?

A pet microchip contains a small microchip cased in a biocompatible capsule. Altogether, a microchip is about the size of a grain of rice. The microchip uses radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology and contains a unique number that can be read with a special scanner.
Your pet’s ID number is recorded in a national database along with your contact information, allowing your pet to be scanned, identified, and returned to you if lost and turned in to a veterinary clinic or animal shelter.
For microchips to work effectively, it’s important for pet owners to register their contact information along with their pet’s ID number and keep it up-to-date as they change addresses or phone numbers. If your pet’s ID is not registered with your contact information, the microchip will be rendered ineffective.

Are Pet Microchips Really Effective?

Yes! Unlike collars and ID tags that can easily be removed or lost, microchips are permanent. In cases where pets are stolen, microchips provide permanent proof of ownership in addition to identification. Whether your pets are lost or stolen, they can still be identified and returned to their rightful owners.
One study showed that without microchips, only 21.9% of lost dogs and a mere 1.8% of lost cats were returned to their owners, while 52.2% of lost dogs and 38.5% of lost cats with microchips were reunited with their owners.

Schedule an Appointment to Have Your Pet Microchipped in Orange County Today

Inserted into the subcutaneous tissues between a pet’s shoulder blades with a special hypodermic needle, the microchipping procedure is quick and comparable to a vaccination. There’s no need for sedation or anesthesia. Pets might experience a small pinching sensation as the microchip is inserted, but they won’t experience any lasting pain or feel the microchip in place.
To schedule an appointment for your pet’s permanent identification, we welcome you to contact Advanced Mobile Veterinary Care, and our mobile veterinary clinic will come to you!