Microchips help bring lost pets home
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  • Implanted microchips can help owners find lost pets. Contributed photo by Amanda Jones

One out of every three pets will go missing during their lifetime, and without identification, 90 percent won’t return home, reports the American Humane Association. Only 17 percent of lost dogs and 2 percent of lost cats ever find their way back to their original homeowners.

Implanted microchips can turn around those statistics.

Microchips are about the size of a grain of rice and can be implanted at any time quickly, painlessly and inexpensively by a veterinarian, reports PetPlan Pet Insurance. The chips are detected by special scanners that pick up a unique combination of numbers and letters that can be traced back to your pet and its associated details. Unlike traditional tags, microchips never fade, scratch or fall off (or out), and are easily read.

“Microchips have been used in pets since the early 1990s, but the technology behind them has been in development from the early days of computing,” said Dr. Jules Benson, vice president of veterinary services at Petplan Pet Insurance. “Today, most U.S. shelters and vet clinics have a scanner that can identify at least three of the four types of chips…………… continues on Chattanooga Times Free Press

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