Should you get your pet microchipped?

Here’s one good reason why the answer is yes.  From the Times-Picayune in New Orleans:

Owner Stephan Soleas and his dog Charlie are reunited, nearly 1,200 miles away from where they parted ways, but only about 50 blocks from where Soleas was staying in New Orleans.In a made-for-TV twist of fate, Soleas, 26, who came to town to make music and visit with friends for a few weeks, got word Feb. 5 that his canine companion, Charlie, had surfaced on Magazine Street — nearly 1,200 miles away from where they parted ways, but only about 50 blocks from where he was now staying.

A microchip provides permanent identification for your pet.  It’s small (about the size of a grain of rice) and contains a unique number that can be read by a scanner.  It is the best way to make sure your pet is returned to you if it ever gets lost. Most veterinarians offer microchipping and some kennel clubs have microchip clinics. After the chip is implanted, you can register it with any of the database services including AKC CAR, Home Again, Petlink and ResQ.

Microchips provide positive identification of your dog or cat so there will be no question that the black cat at the shelter is your black cat.  New Hampshire law requires animal shelters to scan for a microchip any animal whose owner is unknown. Hopefully the day will come when shelters scan every animal that comes in.

Now, thanks to the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), there is a central location to look up microchip numbers.  Their database includes microchips registered with AKC CAR, HomeAgain, Petlink by Datamars and ResQ by Bayer (AVID, Banfield and 24PetWatch are not included).

The site is www.petmicrochiplookup.org When you enter a microchip number, if it is registered with one of the participating registries, you will be given the number of the proper registry to call to get more information.

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