Microchip played a major role to find out long lost pet

Ivan a long-lost black cat who was 60 miles away from his owner will be back to his Farmington home soon by the help of a microchip which was inside his shoulder.

He is lucky? Yes he is because his owner Caroll Kelzenberg was sensible enough to implant the microchip.

A microchip implant is an identifying integrated circuit placed under the skin of a dog, cat, or other animal. The chips are about the size of a large grain of rice and are based on a passive RFID technology.

In dogs and cats, chips are usually inserted below the skin at the back of the neck, between the shoulder blades on the dorsal midline.

The chip can often be manually detected by the owner by gently feeling the skin in that area. It stays in place as thin layers of connective tissue form around the biocompatible glass which encases it.

Horses are microchipped on the left side of the neck, half the distance between the poll and withers, and approximately one inch below the midline of the mane, into the nuchal ligament.

Birds’ microchips are injected into their breast muscles. Because proper restraint is necessary, the operation either requires two people (an avian veterinarian and a veterinary technician), or general anesthesia is administered.

Benefits of microchips:
a) Microchips have been particularly useful in the return of lost pets.

b) They can also assist where the ownership of an animal is in dispute.

c) Animal shelters and animal control centers benefit using microchip identification products by more quickly and efficiently returning pets to their owners.

d) When a pet can be quickly matched to its owner, the shelter avoids the expense of housing, feeding, providing medical care, and outplacing or euthanizing the pet.

However before having a chip implanted, talk to your local shelter and/or animal control agency to make sure the type of microchip your vet is implanting can be read by the scanner being used by your local shelter.

Source: Associated press


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