Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.
— Anatole France
Microchips Help Identify Your Pet
Mountain View Animal Clinic recommends microchipping for all pets. Microchips have been the key to reuniting thousands of people with their beloved pets. About the size of a grain of rice, a microchip implant can identify your pet if he or she becomes lost. An important addition to collar tags, a microchip provides a permanent identification method for your pet.
Microchips use radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to store data and can upload that information to a device equipped to read it. The capsule containing the microchip is biocompatible, meaning that it does not hurt your pet. A microchip lasts for the entire lifetime of your pet.
Inserting the microchip is no more painful than a regular vaccination. If you are concerned about pain, it can be done at the same time as spay or neuter surgery while your pet is already under general anesthesia.
When you travel around the world, especially if you are being sent overseas by the armed forces, an ISO microchip is required for your pet. The chips and the form of their information are now being standardized. Although a microchip is not a tracking device, your contact information can be kept up to date, ensuring that when your pet is found, you will be found as well.