A lost or stolen pet is a frightening situation which can create heartbreaking consequences. Studies show greater than 10 million pets get lost each year and approximately 90% of those found would not have been returned to their owners without some form of permanent identification. Blue Lake Animal Care Center recommends that all pets be microchipped.
This is why the team at BLACC considers microchips the most effective way to protect your pet. We use the Datamars microchip system. These chips are made of virtually indestructible acrylic, and are 30% thinner than traditional glass microchips. Each microchip registers the animal with a unique identification number, which is filed in a database with your contact information. The contact information can be updated any time, and it is important to remember to do so if your information changes. If your pet is lost, the microchip can be scanned by animal control officers, animal shelters, and at veterinary hospitals in the U.S. and in many foreign countries. They are also a requirement for travel to many foreign countries.
These chips are safe, reliable, and a permanent means of identification that takes less than 10 seconds to implant and can save your pet’s life.
Pets need a means of identification that can’t get lost, stolen, or damaged. Microchips are a very safe and reliable form of identification that can significantly increase the chances of returning your pet safely. Not all pets wear collars or tags, and even if your pet wears a collar and identification tag, they can break, be damaged, or become unreadable. Therefore, these forms of identification may not be enough to guarantee your pet’s safe return.
A microchip is about the size and shape of a grain of rice and is implanted under your pet’s skin between the shoulder blades. Microchip implantation takes only a minute or two, and is very safe. Each microchip has a unique number and carries important information about your pet—including your name, address, and contact information. When a microchip is implanted, your information is automatically registered by our software into the national pet recovery database. Veterinary hospitals, animal shelters, and animal control offices across the country are equipped with microchip scanners that detect the microchip and read the identification number. If your pet is found by a good samaritan and brought to an animal control officer or a veterinarian, a microchip scanning will reveal the ID number. A free phone call to the pet recovery database will alert the microchip company that a lost pet has been identified. The pet owner is contacted and reunited.
Please contact us to have your pet microchipped. It is an invaluable service to both you and your pet.