Compelling Evidence: Why You Should Microchip Your Pet
What’s the size of a grain of rice and encased in a biocompatible glass capsule? It may sound like science fiction, but pet microchips have been the way of the future for years now. Each year, millions of pets enter shelters around the country. Of these, less than 30% of dogs, and 5% of cats are ever returned to their rightful owners. There are lots of reasons why you should microchip your pet, but because it adds insurance against untimely separation, that’s enough for us.
Do All You Can
Pet owners of the modern age are quite fastidious. As a group, they are deeply committed to the health and wellness of their pets, and it shows. Any trip to a pet store will reveal hundreds of leashes, collars, foods, treats, bowls, beds and toys. Pet owners go to great pains to secure their homes and yards to ensure their animals stay within certain boundaries. There are even devices and apps that facilitate total supervision.
Even the most responsible pet owners can face catastrophes at times. Indeed, every pet owner faces the reality that pets can wander, go missing, or get lost. To prevent this issue from becoming ultimate separation, we strongly recommend that you microchip your pet.
How It Works
It’s easy to microchip your pet. While the process doesn’t cause significant pain or discomfort, many owners opt to have it done while a pet is young, or during the anesthetized spay or neuter surgery. Inserted just below the skin between the shoulder blades, it likely resembles the feeling of a standard vaccination.
A microchip does not have batteries and cannot transmit information (meaning that it is not a GPS locator). Instead, it is considered “read-only”. Each chip has its own numeric code attached to it. When an animal is scanned at a shelter or hospital, the code pops up on the reader.
After you microchip your pet, it’s imperative that your register your contact information directly with the chip’s manufacturer (and keep it updated whenever you move or change your vital information). When the chip’s number is keyed into the national database, it’s your contact information that comes up, enabling a swift reunion.
Microchip Your Pet
There are never any guarantees that you’ll locate a missing pet, but when you microchip your pet you are increasing your chances of finding your best friend. An added defense to ID tags attached to a collar, microchipping happens once early on in life and never has to be done again.