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SiG MT 100 PET HEALTH 101 Text by Dawn Milligan Your pet is a member of your family, someone you love and cherish and want to be around for years to come. If you're like most pet owners, you will do anything to ensure your pet is found and returned home should they ever go missing. Having a microchip implanted is one way to increase the odds of being reunited with your pet. Collars and tags can be helpful, but there's always the chance they could fall off. Microchips however, are placed just under your pet's skin, so they're a more reliable and a permanent form of ID. If your pet's collar comes off, a microchip is the perfect backup option for reuniting you and your pet. Microchip implantation is quick, simple and inexpensive. What is a microchip? No bigger than a grain of rice, a pet microchip is a baery-free, radio-frequency identification (RFID) implant that provides permanent ID for your pet. It is not a global positioning device (GPS). A handheld scanner reads the radio frequency of the chip and displays the chip number. Animal shelters or vet clinics that scan your pet can contact the registry to get your name and phone number. How is a microchip implanted into an animal and is it painful? e microchip is implanted between the animal's shoulder blades just under the skin with a needle and special syringe. e process is similar to geing a shot e Importance of Microchipping Your Pet By Dawn Milligan Millions of pets get lost and end up in shelters every year, they can get separated from their collars and tags, and sadly, few of these missing pets are reunited with their owners. Many are adopted out to new homes or even euthanized.

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