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Matthew Sisk: Microchip leads to happy ending
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Lemmy’s owners call me just before noon. They relay a story that’s unlikely at best, but the take-home message is Lemmy’s depressive symptoms are gone, and the household is full of life.

You see, Lemmy’s feline compatriot is, well, repatriated, as it were.

As is the case with most cats, no details are available from the cat. But we do know this: the house burned down, and the cat disappeared. Two months later, she shows back up three states away.

Picked up as a stray cat at a truck stop, she was taken to the local animal control facility. Once she arrived, she was scanned for a microchip. The chip was detected, and the company that sells the chips was contacted. The company then emailed the owners.

One week later, the cat is home. Cue the tears.

Dogs don’t necessarily shed tears of an emotional state the way humans are prone to do, but Lemmy is what could medically be described as “giddy.”

The local television station does a story on it. I give an awkward interview about the situation.

The important lesson here is that Lemmy’s owners got their pet microchipped, and registered the chip number with the company. This is important, as the chip itself only contains a number. And no matter what your high school friend read in an online article about Obama, the microchip simply gives a company and number.

The company maintains a database that included Lemmy’s family’s contact information. Thus, a reunion ensued. If they hadn’t registered the microchip, the cat couldn’t have been traced back to them in the same way.

Not only is this important as far as making the time and money invested with microchipping worthwhile, but it gave the family their cat back. And it gave them their happy old dog back.

Not all microchips have the same effect on canine housemates, but this one certainly did.

Lemmy is also microchipped and registered, although he’s never needed it so far, knock on wood.

Over the next month, microchip demand doubles.

Matthew Sisk is a practicing veterinarian from Habersham County. Have questions about your pet? He can be reached at

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