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Pet microchips

Team Walmart Pets

May 27, 2021


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The numbers are shocking: about 10 million pets will get lost this year. Without identification, most of them will never return home.

According to the American Humane Association, only about 15% of lost dogs and 2% of lost cats ever find their way back to their family. Even worse, millions of pets are euthanized every year because their families can’t be found in time.

How do pet microchips work?

Though there are many ID systems available to pets and their parents, microchipping and tattooing are the only ways to get permanent identification.

The “microchips” used for pet identification are actually a tiny transponder encased in a special type of plastic or surgical glass. The microchip can be implanted at your vet’s office, and it’s normally implanted underneath the skin between the shoulder blades. This procedure does not require anesthesia but many young pets are chipped while undergoing their spay or neuter procedure.

Pet microchip registry

Most of the microchips are active for at least 25 years. When a lost pet is found, you can look up the pet microchip information with special scanners that pick up a unique combination of numbers and letters that can be traced back to your pet and his or her associated details. 

In order for this trace process to be successful, make sure that any microchipped pet has been properly registered with the chip manufacturer. And it’s critical to remember to update your chip information if you change your address. You’d hate for your lost pet to get found only for there to be no way of contacting you.

Pet microchip costs

The price for pet microchips varies from around $20 to $50 or more, and in most cases you can usually find a veterinary provider or animal shelter willing to chip your pet in that price range. There are different types of chips available from different manufacturers; your vet will be able to advise you on which chip is best for your pet and your budget.

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