The most common reason for microchipping your pet is when you lose it you can find it by scanning the microchip. When many pets displaced after a weather disaster, the benefits of microchipping are obvious. The only way owner can find the lost pet may be implanted with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) microchip under the skin of pet. All animal clinics and most animal shelters carry RFID microchip scanners. When an animal is found the first step should be to scan it for a microchip.
A RFID microchip is the size of a grain of rice. Some newer ones are even smaller than grains. The chip is inserted below the skin at the back of the neck between the shoulder blades. It lacks an internal power source before powered it by the scanner, it remains inert.
The RFID microchip not only can be implanted under the skin of dogs but also other animals such as cats, rabbits, pigs, cattle, birds, sheep, goats. Microchipping takes very little time, and the animal may not even know they have been implanted chips.
The only way to find your stolen animal may also be RFID microchip. When you microchip your pet, you will acquire the information to register the pet to you that is a must for the chip to be effective.
If you cannot find your pet, microchips will not track your pet or tell you where your pet is. However, if you find a lost pet, there are a few websites you can use to look up the microchip number and find the owner. The owner has to offer the current information that will be stored in the chip database. Some microchips stay registered to the original buyer as well.
Some microchip manufacturers require annual fees to keep your pet’s information updated. They also will send out pictures and identify information if your pet is lost. Some manufacturers have free lifetime registration and will also send you a text, email and phone call if someone has found your pet.