Microchipping Benefits

Microchipping is a quick, non-surgical process that involves injecting a sterile microchip-about the size of a rice grain-between a pet's shoulder blades. Each chip has an unalterable ID code that emits a signal on a specific radio frequency that enables animal shelters to locate owners should pets become lost.

The implanting procedure is much like receiving a routine vaccination, and animals can't feel it afterward. The chip also has an anti-migration cap that prevents movement in the pet's body.

Each microchip has a 10-digit code that, once registered, becomes part of a national database. When an animal arrives at a shelter, staff scans the animal. If the pet is microchipped, the special number is read and phoned in to database operators. A check of the database will reveal information such as name, address and the medical history of the animal. This information is recorded on a registration form when the microchip is implanted and must be updated if the owner changes his or her address.

Each year, more than 10 million pets are lost and more than half are not wearing collars or ID tags by the time they reach a shelter. The cost of handling these lost pets is nearly $1 billion a year.

The SPCA of Texas offers microchipping services. Called 24PetWatch®, it is endorsed by the AKC and has reunited more than 35,000 lost pets with their owners. Wouldn't it be reassuring if your pet could be identified for life?

Call us at 214.742.7722 to schedule your appointment for this life-saving procedure.


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"I'm absolutely in LOVE with Kitty (formerly Kaleigh). I know her name isn't original at all but I just started calling her that until I could think of a name and it just stuck - it's so her! I've attached two photos - she's seriously the most beautiful kitty in the world! She loves to steal tennis balls and bones from her dog sister - she thinks she's a dog! She enjoys going for walks and car rides, snuggling with mom, bird watching, drinking from the sink, playing with her pipe cleaners and getting into mom's makeup in the mornings. I couldn't 'imagine life without her. She's the absolute best!"

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