Microchipping For Cats And Dogs In Toronto

It’s just a fact of life that occasionally your pets may run away.

Even the most careful, conscientious pet owner might be outsmarted by an enterprising little Houdini who slips under the gate, or digs a hole under the fence, or just runs out the door as soon as you open it to check the mail.

Having a collar on your dog or cat can help, but these can break or fall off. As a result, your pet may end up as just another nameless resident of an animal shelter with no way to contact you or even know that your pet belongs with you.

Fortunately, microchipping can help.

RFID Microchips For Animals

A microchip for pets is a small computer chip about the size of a grain of rice. Your vet can implant it just below your pet’s skin.

Once this microchip is in place, it serves as a permanent identifier for your pet. Should it be picked up and placed in a shelter, the shelter staff can scan it and get your contact information, call you, and reunite you with your wayward pet.

How Do Pet Microchips Work?

This microchip is built on RFID technology, and as a result it has only a few components. Its sole purpose is to store a unique identification number which can be cross-referenced with a database to locate your contact information.

The chip itself is injected via hypodermic needle, and is generally well tolerated even in awake animals. Bickford Park Animal Hospital veterinarians also routinely place a microchip when an animal is under anesthesia at the time of spay or neuter, and that way they don’t notice at all.

Because of the nature of RFID technology, it doesn’t require its own power source, so in most cases a microchip will last for your pet’s entire life.

Should your pet become lost, the shelter staff will pass a scanner overtop of it, which transfers enough power to the microchip for it to transmit back your pet’s unique ID code.

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Is A Pet RFID Chip A GPS Chip?

No. A GPS system requires a power source to continue functioning, while an RFID chip does not.

You can, however, purchase collars with GPS built into them, but those can present the same issue as a regular collar. If your pet is sneaky enough to escape, they may be sneaky enough to wiggle their way out of a collar. This is especially true with cats, who are notorious for disliking collars.

Do RFID Chips For Pets Work?

In 2009, a team of veterinary medicine researchers at Ohio State University led by Dr. Linda K. Lord conducted a study on microchipped animals.

Their goal was to find out more about what happens to microchipped animals once they enter a shelter. They examined the cases of more than 4000 stray animals, and found that nearly 80% of them were reunited with their homes. For those who weren’t, the majority were because the telephone number found had been disconnected, or the owners did not return the messages left.

Another study, this one also from Ohio State University, found that microchipped dogs were 2.5 times more likely to be reunited with their families, and cats were a whopping 20 times more likely.

So yes, microchipping works.

Contact Bickford Park Animal Hospital to book your microchipping appointment today.

Microchipping Success Stories

There are countless numbers of success stories from pets reunited with their families thanks to the use of microchipping. You may be amazed by some of them.

Jake was just six months old when he disappeared from his Michigan yard the day after Thanksgiving. That would have been the last his owner Brad would have seen of Jake, until he was dropped off seven years later at a kennel in Kentucky. Barring the world’s largest coincidence, there is really no way Jake and Brad would have been reunited otherwise.

Emile was a black Labrador who was the companion to Matthew, a man who was left paralyzed after an accident. After Emile disappeared, Matthew was disheartened and gave up hope that he’d ever see his friend again. But Emile was found nearly 30 miles away by an Italian truck driver, who brought him back to Italy with her. She had Emile scanned in Verona, found Emile’s information, and reunited the pair. All told, Emile traveled nearly 900 miles.

Lynx lived with Patricia for two years before she went missing. Despite Patricia’s best efforts, though, she wasn’t able to find her friend. She moved on with her life, and was astounded to get a phone call ten years later from the Blue Cross, saying they’d found her pet.

Hamish the cat’s family found out he’d escaped from a neighbour, who called to tell them he’d jumped into the back of a delivery truck as it drove away. They traced the truck to the local supermarket, but weren’t able to find him. Several days later, Hamish happened to wander into a local veterinary clinic, where they scanned him and reunited him with his family.

These are some of the more miraculous stories. For each of them there are countless mundane tales of a cat or dog being picked up and returned to their owners in short order.

Contact Bickford Park Animal Hospital

Does your pet have a habit of escaping when you least expect it? Do you want to be able to find your pets, no matter how far they go?

If so, contact Bickford Park Animal Hospital to book an appointment today. Your vet will examine your pet, explain the benefits and potential risks, and help you make an informed decision about microchipping for your pet.

Contact Bickford Park Animal Hospital to book your microchipping appointment today.