that one-third of pets will get lost during their lifetime and that, without ID, 90% of those pets will never return home? This is why it’s important to identify your pet in as many ways as possible, including microchip.
Did you Know...
Microchipping your pet is a procedure that ensures you and your pet will be able to be reunited should they run away. The microchip is a computer chip that is placed under your pet’s skin and is connected to an online database of pet owners’ information. If your pet gets lost, a shelter or veterinarian will be able to scan their microchip and get your contact information, thus allowing your pet to return home safe and sound.
The microchip is injected under the skin between your pet’s shoulder blades with a hypodermic needle. Because the microchip is so small, this procedure is pain-free and easy, so there is no need to worry about the procedure.
Microchips also have no upkeep. The chip itself is encased in a glass cylinder, meaning it will not break or wear down. While microchips very rarely migrate, vets are still able to scan them and identify the pet’s owner.
Reasons to Microchip Your Pet
- Even if your pet wears a collar with identification tags, they should still get microchipped. In many cases, loose pets may lose their collars and identification tags. In this case, no one will know who to return the lost pet to and you are unlikely to see your pet again.
- Microchipping really does help pets return home if they get lost. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, dogs without microchips are returned 21.9% of the time and cats 1.8% of the time. However, microchipped dogs are returned 52.2% of the time and cats 38.5% of the time.
- In addition to the safety benefits of microchipping your pet, you can also buy pet doors and pet feeders that are compatible with your pet’s microchip. These snazzy accessories will only open for your pet. In the case of pet doors, this will keep unwanted animals out of your home. In the case of pet feeders, it will only open for the right pet, so other pets and children are kept out of food that isn’t for them.