Animal identification – Microchips can be one of the MOST important things you can do for not only disaster/emergency preparedness but also to guard your pets against theft and loss. Collars can be lost or removed, but a microchip is implanted in the skin.
The key in getting your pets returned to you after loss or emergency is animal identification like a microchip. If you can prove who you are and what animals belong to you, you will have the animals returned to you successfully.
Microchips And Animal Recovery
A popular brand microchip can be read by a shelter or veterinarian during a disaster or emergency to return a pet or companion animal to its owner faster. It is also a good idea to have your picture taken with your pet. Keep this picture in your “go kit” for emergency purposes. This picture will be added proof to give to the shelter to
claim your pet after an emergency or a disaster.
Some types of microchips come with a recovery system or record keeping system. There is a national recovery database managed by the American Kennel Club.
How Microchips Work
Microchips are inserted under the skin of your pet by a veterinarian, most commonly between the shoulder blades. It only takes a second to insert it under the skin. The microchip is very small like a grain of rice. Each microchip has a unique code that is registered to the pet and owner.
The microchip should have an anti-migration feature. This feature should keep the microchip from migrating from between the shoulder blades to another area.
The microchip reader emits a low frequency radio signal and when it is passed over the animals shoulder blades, it reads the unique registered code on the microchip. The microchip and the reader need to be the same brand, so it is important to go with a well known brand.