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The Benefits of Microchips for pets

By inserting or having microchips inserted into your pet you can at all times trace their whereabouts. No longer do you have to worry about your pet leaving the yard and wandering away never to be found. No longer do you need to search high and low in hopes that you find your pet before the authorities round them up or they get hurt. You can track their location at all times. If they are picked up by the authorities and taken to a local pound or vet they can be scanned and your information will come up so the animal can be returned.

But of course these are not limited to lost pets. Microchips for pets provide a great means for properly training your pet. You can train your pet not to wander too far from you and/or your home. With proper microchips and training you can ensure that your pet can play fetch without worrying about them running off to get the ball and never returning.

A microchip is a circuit which is about the size of a grain of rice. It uses RFID technology to tag your animal. It can be read with a scanner and information can be saved on it. Animal shelters and vets can use microchips to return lost pets and avoid the costs of medical care or housing or in the worst situations euthanasia. These chips are also used by stables as well as breeders and trainers. They can be used to activate pet doors automatically and can be programmed to only recognize your specific pet so that other animals cannot get it. Some countries use them to limit the amount of imported captive animals of particular breeds while others use it to regulate international trade.

Microchips can be implanted by a professional vet. They are injected and no anesthetic is required. Then a test is conducted to make sure they are working correctly. Once the chips are put in place an enrollment form is completed which has all owner information and vet contact information. The form is sent to the company in charge of the chip registry so that anyone can call the toll free number and get information about the owner to return it. This chip can also function as proof of ownership when an animal is sold or given to another owner. Many vets will scan the microchip on every visit to ensure they are conducting the right operation. They can be used as a database index for test results as well as vaccination certifications and receipts.

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