Microchipping is a simple and effective way to help ensure that your pet is returned to you if they become lost. A microchip is a small, electronic device that is implanted under the skin of your pet and contains identifying information about your pet and you, the owner.
One of the biggest benefits of microchipping is that it provides permanent identification for your pet. Unlike a collar and tags, which can fall off or be removed, a microchip is a permanent identification solution. This is especially important if your pet becomes lost and is found by someone who is not familiar with them. With a microchip, animal control and veterinarians can quickly and easily identify your pet and contact you to arrange for their return.
In addition to helping reunite lost pets with their owners, microchipping can also be helpful in other situations. For example, if your pet is stolen, a microchip can provide proof of ownership and help authorities locate the stolen animal.
Microchipping is a quick and relatively painless procedure that can be performed by a veterinarian. It is a one-time cost that can provide peace of mind for pet owners and help ensure the safe return of their beloved animal.
Overall, microchipping is a simple and effective way to help protect your pet and ensure that they are returned to you if they become lost. It is a permanent identification solution that can provide peace of mind for pet owners and help reunite lost pets with their families.
“I don’t think it’s worth the trouble; how often do pets get lost anyway?”
- 1 in 3 pets will get lost during their lifetime
- 10 million pets get lost every year
- Without ID, 90% of lost pets never return home
“My pet never gets lost—they’re either with me or locked in the house.”
Pets DO get lost, in spite of the fact that many owners don’t anticipate it. It’s far better to be safe than sorry. Here are some of the most common ways that pets can get lost:
- A handyman or contractor accidentally lets your pet out
- Your cat escapes through an open window or a broken screen
- Your dog digs a hole and escapes under a fence
- While traveling together, your pet wanders off into unfamiliar territory
- A thunderstorm or fireworks display causes your pet to panic and flee
- An emergency situation or natural disaster causes your pet to get lost in the turmoil
- Your pet is stolen
“My dog already gets too many shots…I don’t want them to get another.”
While vaccinations are necessary to protect the health of their pet, microchip implantation may be the most important “shot” your pet receives. That’s because getting lost is the #1 cause of death in pets. Reassure them that the injection is no more uncomfortable for their pet than a routine vaccination and that any discomfort will pass quickly. However, the protection provided will last for the life of their pet.
“Isn’t implanting a microchip—a foreign object—dangerous for my pet?”
Veterinarians in the U.S. have been implanting microchips in pets for over 15 year. Properly implanting the microchip is important to ensuring it is safe, which is why the procedure is done by or under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian.