Here are a few FAQS we get from Ft. Lauderdale pet owners have about microchipping pets.
1. What are the chances of the pet actually being found and scanned?
At DPC Veterinary Hospital we use HomeAgain as our micro chipping partner and they have an extensive network of rescue shelters, veterinarians and volunteers that are immediately notified when a pet is reported missing. Once you report the pet missing, HomeAgain will send a flash message including date/time/location of when the pet went missing along with a description and even a photo to everyone in the network within a 25 mile radius of your home or known location when the pet disappeared.
2. Can microchips track a lost pet?
No. The chip has no internal power source or GPS function. The chip only contains a unique number identifying your pet. The chip is “read” by a low frequency scanner that all animal control facilities, rescue shelters and veterinarians have. Because there is no power source there is no battery to replace. Your pet’s chip is literally his or her ID for life.
3. Does embedding a chip require surgery?
No it doesn’t. The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is inserted under the skin between the pet’s shoulders using a syringe. There is no anesthesia required. The process is almost identical to administering vaccines and your pet will react the same way it does when getting shots.
4. Is micro chipping expensive?
NO. At DPC we microchip pets for $40.00 and that includes the first year’s registration on HomeAgain. From there it’s about $17.00 a year for the lost pet service.