What is a microchip?
A microchip is permanent method of identifying your pet. The chip is about the size of a grain of rice and is placed under your pet’s skin with a syringe. The placement causes no more discomfort than an injection.
How does it work?
Microchips are electronic devices that, when scanned by a microchip scanner, show a distinct number read by the scanner. The microchip number is then called into the microchip company and information on the pet’s owner is available.
Why does my pet need this?
A microchip is the single most effective method of identifying your pet if he or she accidentally gets away from you or out of your house or yard. The first thing we at Chateau do when presented with a stray pet is scan for a chip. Most veterinary hospitals and shelters have this capability. Tags and collars can come off, but your pet’s microchip is forever.
Why are microchips so important here?
Because we live in an area where occasional evacuations for hurricanes are necessary, it is imperative to microchip your pet. So many pets become separated from their owners when the confusion and anxiety surrounding evacuation occurs. We have had pets that slipped out of hotels when the family was out, slip away at stops on the side of the road, and worse, jump out of car windows when traffic is slowed to a crawl. It is hard enough for a pet to try to get home when they are in familiar surroundings, but impossible when on the road.
Will I be able to track my pet?
A microchip is not a GPS, just a permanent identifier. Some GPS devices that fit on collars are becoming available. We will keep you posted on these. Even with an effective GPS on a collar, your pet still needs a microchip so that he/she never loses their identification.
Are there problems with microchips?
The single biggest problem is when pet parents move or change phone numbers and don’t update that information with the microchip company! That makes contacting you about your lost pet difficult impossible.
How do I get a microchip in my pet?
Call us at 504-467-6431 and we can set up an appointment to have this quick procedure done. We will also register your pet for you. If you have a change of information, give us a call and we can help with that as well!