As a cat owner, it’s a good idea to look into different ways of identifying your pet; especially if your pet is a wanderer. Cat collars and tags are a tried and true method to begin with, but there is always a chance that your cat can lose them—especially if your cat is wearing a break away collar. In case this happens, it wouldn’t hurt to have a back-up identification plan.
If you are looking for an alternative to collars and tags or you’re interested in doubling up on identification methods, it may be worth it to look into a Pet Microchip ID Tag.
A Pet Microchip ID Tag is designed to identify your pet, if they should become lost or taken. The size of a microchip is a little bigger than a grain of rice and is made to be inserted just under the skin of your pet. Although they’re not a replacement for physical collars and tags, microchips can give your pet another layer of identification, if your pet loses her collar.
Most shelters, veterinary clinics and animal control agencies have a hand held device, that is able to scan the microchip with radio waves. Once scanned, a registered code number is displayed, making it possible to access the owner’s information—which is stored on the microchip company’s database. The microchip itself does not store your pet’s medical information; However, it is possible to store quick reference info on the database. The important thing to remember, is to keep the registered information up-to-date, so as to increase the chances of your pet being returned to you.
Things to consider
- Microchips are a little bigger than a grain of rice
- The implant procedure is fast
- The microchips are easy to obtain
- Microchips are placed under the skin
- Microchips are implanted with a hypodermic needle
- It’s said to be no more painful than a common shot
- Anesthesia is not necessary
- No surgery is required
- A microchip is not a tracking device
- Microchips are only used to access identification
- Microchips are most effective when your info is up-to-date
- Only a hand held reader can access microchip information
- Most vet clinics and animal shelters have microchip readers
- A microchip is not a replacement for a collar
- Only a qualified vet should perform the implant procedure
*Please consult a qualified veterinarian to make an informed choice about whether or not a Microchip ID Tag is right for your pet.
In conclusion, although collars and tags are still a good way to identify your pet, it never hurts to look into other ways of tagging your furry friend. Microchips are an extra form of ID, that can back-up your pet’s Collar Tag ID. If you are interested in a Microchip ID Tag for your pet, please contact a qualified veterinarian for consultation, so that you can make a properly informed decision. I hope this article is helpful and answers the questions you may have about Pet Microchip ID Tags. Thanks for reading.