Importance of Microchipping Pets

Microchip Pets

Make Microchipping Your Pet Part of Your Emergency Preparedness Plan

In LA County, it’s the law to have all dogs microchipped (in unincorporated areas it’s required that cats be microchipped, too) but non-surgical identification microchips for all family pets—including dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, birds, etc.—are an important piece of any disaster preparedness plan, especially in fire-prone Topanga.

According to the Los Angeles County Dept. of Animal Care and Control, “The microchip, which is approximately the size of a grain of rice, is injected beneath the skin with a needle, similar to a vaccination. There is no anesthesia required, and even the smallest animals, such as fish, puppies, and kittens can be safely microchipped.”

Every microchip has a special code, so that “when a special, hand-held scanner is passed over the area where the microchip has been implanted, the scanner “reads” the mircochip and displays its code number,” says the Animal Care and Control website. “Code numbers are stored in a national database where the owner’s contact information is maintained. The animal care agency can then retrieve the owner information from the database and contact the owner so they can promptly recover their pet.”

Even animals lost for years have been ultimately returned to their families thanks to microchip technology. It’s important to note, however, that microchips are only one piece of the pet identification puzzle. The first line of defense for a lost cat or dog is a collar with identification tag with your contact information.

Contact your local Animal Care and Control for the microchip clinic schedule, and for any questions your might have.

Agoura Hills Animal Shelter information here.