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Why Should You Microchip Your Pets?
Many loved family pets end up in animal shelters. Shelters do their best to locate owners, but often cannot find the owner because the pet has no form of identification. Microchipping is a technology that is virtually painless for your pet and creates a permanent method of identification. A small computer microchip is embedded under your pet’s skin, usually between the their shoulder blades. The chip contains a unique ID number that identifies your pet and is a permanently record. BARC recommends microchipping for all dogs and cats. Having a microchip does not mean your pet shouldn’t also wear an ID and license tag; lost pets that have all these forms of ID and a microchip have the greatest chance of being returned to their loving homes and families.
How is the Microchip Inserted?
The chip is very small, comparable to the size of a grain of rice. It fits into a veterinarians hypodermic needle and is injected, just like a vaccine, under the skin of your pet, where it remains for the duration of their life.
How Does The Microchip Work?
A special scanner reads the microchip number, which is then called in to a data bank that has your contact information. It is important to keep your contact information current.
What Types Of Pets Can Be Chipped?
Microchipping is safe for all types of pets including dogs, cats, horses, birds, reptiles and exotic pets.
Where can I get my pet chipped and how much does it cost?
Microchips are inserted by most veterinarians and a number of animal facilities. Fees can range anywhere from $25 on up, depending on the location. In general, facilities that do large numbers of animals may be able to offer the service at lower cost. There is a fee for having the chip registered with the appropriate data bank. Sometimes this is included in the insertion fee; always make sure to ask about the details.
BARC scans all animals received and microchips all animals it offers for adoption but does not offer the service to the general public. Listed below are several facilities that do. Please call for more specific information.
- Harris County Rabies Control, 612 Canino Rd. - Tel: 281-999-3191
- Houston Humane Society, 14700 Almeda Rd. - Tel: 713-433-6421
- SNAP Wellness Center, 1801 Durham, Ste. 1 - Tel: 713-862-8001