The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Union County

May 5, 2014

Haven to Home Canine Rescue Offering Microchip Clinic

— LEWISBURG — Haven to Home Canine Rescue will hold a microchip clinic for dogs and cats from 1 to 3 p.m. May 10 at Brookpark Pet Supply in Lewisburg. The cost of the chip is $25 and will be administered by a veterinarian from Lewisburg Veterinary Hospital.

A microchip implant is about the size of a large grain of rice and is inserted under the skin using a large needle. They are usually inserted below the skin at the back of the neck between the shoulder blades. Microchip implants are a transponder which have a unique number; when a hand held scanner is moved over the body of the animal the scanner is able to read the number on the microchip. The microchip company is then called and the number given to the operator. The operator is then able to look in their database for the owner’s information. Most shelters and humane society’s now have scanners and use them on all animal’s that come in their doors. Veterinarians also have scanners and can check to see if a found pet is microchipped.

Microchip identification is most helpful in cases where collars and ID tags have been lost. They are particularly useful in the return of lost pets and can also be used in instances where ownership may be in dispute. Sadly, about 1 in 3 pets will become lost sometime during its lifetime. Without identification, about 90 percent do not return home.

There is an additional fee payable to the microchip manufacturer at the time the chip is registered by the owner. This is a lifetime registration. Dogs must be on a leash and cats should be in carriers. For more information, contact Marjean Krech at (570) 837-0450.


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