Happy Monday! This week at Anza Animal Clinic, we had the privilege of reuniting a lost cat with her owner, so this week we would like to discuss the importance of microchipping your pet.
There is nothing scarier than when your pet gets out of your home, and sometimes having an identification tag isn’t enough to ensure that they are returned to you safely. The best way to ensure your lost pet gets returned to you is by having your veterinarian implant a microchip.
What is a microchip and how does it work?
A microchip is a small computer chip that is roughly the size of a grain of rice and encoded with a unique identification number. If implanted correctly, that tiny chip will last your pet’s lifetime and can be a useful tool in helping to reunite you and your pet if they are ever lost.
When a lost animal is brought into a shelter or veterinary office, one of the first steps they often take is scanning that animal with a microchip scanner. All that the shelter or veterinary office needs to do is wave the microchip scanner over the animal’s body, and if a microchip is implanted, the scanner will display the unique identification number associated with the implanted microchip. Then all they need to do is call the company with which the microchip is registered to get your name and contact information. While collars and tags can be removed or fall off, microchips are a permanent way to ensure that your pet can be easily identified when lost.
A microchip success story
This week at Anza Animal Clinic, we got to see firsthand how microchips can help quickly reunite lost pets with their owners. On Thursday afternoon, a client notified us that his cat got out during the chaos of his recent move. Somehow the cat slipped out his front door while he was moving boxes into his new apartment. After realizing she was missing, the owner went door to door throughout his apartment complex, but unfortunately, nobody had seen her recently. He then began calling local veterinary clinics in case anyone had seen her, but sadly she had not been brought into any of the clinics he called. As a last resort, the owner printed up flyers and handed them out locally, including at Anza Animal Clinic.
As luck would have it, the very next day, one of our employees received a text message from a friend asking if she could bring home some cat food. Our employee’s friend had just discovered a stray cat in her garage and texted a picture to our employee. When our employee received a picture of the stray cat, she realized that the cat looked remarkably similar to the lost cat depicted on the flyer our client brought in. On her lunch break, our employee took the microchip scanner to meet her friend and scan the stray cat found in her garage; miraculously, the microchip confirmed that the cat found in the garage was in fact our client’s lost cat.
Within a couple hours of being found in the garage, the lost cat was reunited with her owner at Anza Animal Clinic. If she had not been microchipped, it is uncertain whether or not she would have been reunited with her owner and it certainly would have taken much more than a few hours. If your pet is not yet microchipped, we encourage you to call to schedule an appointment. Microchip implantation only takes about 15 minutes and the process is much like giving your pet a routine vaccine.
Thanks to her microchip, Naima was able to be reunited with her owner!