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AVID Microchip with PETtrac Registration (includes 24/7 lost & found hotline access): $30
We are an "avid" supporter of the AVID microchip!
Based on thirty years of first-hand experience, it has been proven time and time again that the microchip identification system works. We strongly recommend that you provide your pet with the extra protection of through having a Microchip.
MICROCHIPPING YOUR PET PROVIDES THE BEST CHANCE POSSIBLE OF BEING REUNITED WITH YOUR PET IN THE EVENT IT EVER BECOMES LOST!
The #1 killer of pets is when they become lost. Even pets which stay "indoors" are at great risk of becoming lost, especially as a consequence of natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, floods and earthquakes, or simply as a result of a door or gate being left open.
Such natural disasters are not uncommon and remain a huge threat for pets becoming separated from their families. It's almost impossible to find your pet in such cases UNLESS it is microchipped! Often pets end up in shelters or temporary housing located in a different city or county than where their owners reside. Collars and tags do not provide a reliable source of identification, as they are not always necessarily kept on the pet, or often they accidentally come off, or they are even intentionally removed.
Many cities and counties have passed ordinances which require microchipping of pets. Regardless, microchipping is the responsible thing to do. Ask any of the thousands of pet owners whose pets' lives have been saved because they were microchipped.
PLEASE ALWAYS REMEMBER TO UPDATE YOUR INFORMATION WITH THE RESPECTIVE MICROCHIP COMPANY IF YOU EVER CHANGE ANY OF YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION. (Phone number, address, email address, alternate contact, or even if you change veterinarians). IF YOU CAN'T BE FOUND, THEN YOUR PET CAN'T BE RETURNED TO YOU!
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What is the AVID Microchip?
The microchip is a tiny computer chip which has an identification number programmed into it and is encapsulated within a biocompatible material. The whole device is small enough to fit inside a hypodermic needle and can be simply injected under the skin of our pets, where it will stay for the life of the animal. This provides a permanent, positive identification which cannot be lost, altered or intentionally removed - a safe, simple and inexpensive way to help protect your pet against loss or theft.
When can I bathe my pet?
Pet owners should not allow their pets to swim or be bathed until at least one week after microchipping.
How does the AVID Microchip work?
The computer memory in the AVID Microchip contains a unique number - no two animals will ever have the same number. A radio signal is used to read this number through the skin of your pet. In addition to the number, the microchip generates a reliability check to guarantee that your pet's identifying number is read accurately. This all takes place in less than 40 milliseconds.
How long does the AVID Microchip last?
Once injected under the skin of your pet, the AVID Microchip becomes encased by a thin layer of protein which anchors it in place for the rest of the life of your pet. It does not pass through or out of the body. The microchip itself has no power supply to replace or moving parts to wear down. Therefore, it can be expected to last for decades - well beyond the life span of most pets.
What is the youngest age a pet can be Microchipped?
Animals of any age and size can be injected with the AVID Microchip and identified. Puppies and kittens are often identified during their initial vaccine series during which veterinarians will scan for and/or implant microchips. Birds, horses and exotics can be identified at any time.
Does the procedure hurt my pet?
The Microchip does not cause harm to animals. The injection itself creates only a slight discomfort whereby most pets don't even react to it. The Microchip is encapsulated in a specially formulated biocompatible material created specifically for this kind of application.
Does my pet have to be sedated for the injection?
No! Injecting the AVID Microchip is similar to any other injection or vaccination. Anesthesia is not required or recommended since there is minimal discomfort with the procedure.
Could my pet be allergic to the AVID Microchip?
The AVID Microchip is inert and biocompatible. There is virtually no chance of the body developing an allergy or trying to reject the microchip after being properly injected.
If my pet is found, how does the shelter know to contact me?
When a shelter gains custody of a pet with a microchip they will call AVID. If the pet is registered with AVID's recovery network, PETtrac, the shelter will be given the owner's name and contact information. If the pet is not registered, they will be given the name of the veterinarian who injected the microchip. The veterinarian will provide the owner's latest information on file. The SCVVC and Stanton Pet Hospital are very serious advocates of the AVID Microchip system and take great pride in maintaining excellent "back-up" records for this purpose.
What is PETtrac?
PETtrac is a global computerized tracking system for companion animals identified with the AVID Microchip. When you become a member, PETtrac can reunite your pets directly with you. The "membership" commences at the time you complete the "Registration Application". This is a form that you complete at the SCVVC mobile vaccine clinics which we submit to the AVID company on your behalf to ensure proper and timely processing. There is no further paperwork or cost involved.*
What happens if I'm on vacation and my pet is found at the shelter?
PETtrac maintains "alternate contact" information. Your pet would be released to your authorized representative to insure its well-being. Your pet is further protected even when you are not at home, no matter what the reason. It is important that you complete the "Alternate Contact Information" portion of the Registration Application for this purpose.
My pets never leave my yard. Why should they be identified with an AVID Microchip?
It only takes one time for the mailman, gardener, meter reader, pool man, pest control man, maintenance person, neighbor, friend, or young child to leave a gate open or a door ajar. It then takes only seconds for a pet to escape.
Unaltered pets in particular have a desire to roam. Pet theft is also a frequent occurrence and sadly, beloved pets are sold for research or illegal dog fighting. Many times domestic and exotic animals are stolen for resale. Even horses are stolen, sold, and slaughtered for food. Thousands upon thousands of animals each year are unnecessarily euthanized at shelters because their owners could not locate them in time to claim them.