We strongly recommend that you provide your pet with the extra protection of having an AVID Microchip implant! It is the best way to help reunite your pet with your family in the event it is ever lost!
IF YOUR PET HAS A MICROCHIP AND YOU HAVE A CHANGE OF CONTACT INFORMATION OF ANY KIND AT ANY TIME, PLEASE IMMEDIATELY NOTIFY THE MICROCHIP COMPANY SO THAT THE INFORMATION WILL BE PROPERLY UPDATED IN THE DATABASE AND USEFUL IN THE EVENT YOUR PET BECOMES LOST!
The #1 killer of pets is if they become lost! A large number of pets are lost as a consequence of natural disasters such as "Katrina" hurricanes, tornados, fires, floods and earthquakes, or as a result of simple carelessness from people neglecting to secure yard gates, or house and garage doors. Many of these pets are destroyed which could have been prevented, had they been microchipped.
Microchipping is no longer a "luxury", but a "necessity" ... or at least the responsible thing to do. In fact, many cities and counties have passed ordinances which required microchipping of your pets.
The SCVVC has personally been involved in several recoveries of lost pets through the use of our microchip scanner on pets brought to our clinics! A testimonial that we like to offer is about a young German Shepherd that we implanted with an AVID microchip at one of our shelter clinics. Two days later, the dog became lost and was picked up by an Orange County Animal Care Officer. The dog was immediately scanned and returned to it's rightful owner, without having to go through the "shelter process". This resulted in the safe and quick return of the dog to it's family, and the owners were spared from paying "impound" aka "in-pound" fees!
Below is information directly from the AVID company. You may go to the AVID website at http://www.avid.com/ for further information about this wonderful identification and recovery system for pets.
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS:
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.
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 or at Stanton Pet Hospital, 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 or friend to leave the gate open or the door ajar. It then takes only seconds for a pet to escape. Pets can also "escape" from the securest confined areas, especially during times of natural disasters such as earthquakes, tornados, fires, etc.
Unaltered pets in particular have a desire to roam. Pet theft is also a daily occurrence. Well behaved pets are sold for research. Animals such as purebreds, birds and exotics are valuable and are stolen for resale. Even horses are frequently stolen and sold for slaughter. Thousands upon thousands of animals each year are destroyed at shelters because their owners have not been identified.
* It is extremely important that you contact the AVID company immediately if you have had any changes in your contact information such as address, phone number, email, or alternate contact person/information. It does no good for anyone to have "old" and incorrect contact information. There may be a minimal charge by the AVID company to update their records.