As pet parents, it is our top priority to ensure the safety of our animal companions. However, despite our best efforts, accidents can happen, and pets can get lost or separated from us.
This is where microchipping comes in as a valuable tool that can help reunite lost pets with their owners. Today, we will learn more about the importance of microchipping and why you should consider getting your pet microchipped.
What is Microchipping?
A microchip is a tiny electronic device, about the size of a grain of rice, that is implanted under your pet’s skin. It contains a unique identification number that can be read by a microchip scanner.
When a lost pet is brought to a shelter or veterinary clinic, they scan the pet’s microchip to retrieve the owner’s contact information.
How Does Microchipping Work?
Getting your pet microchipped is a simple and relatively painless procedure. Your veterinarian can implant the microchip during a regular check-up or a separate appointment.
The procedure is similar to giving your pet a vaccine shot, and the microchip is implanted under the skin using a needle. The procedure is quick and generally doesn’t require anesthesia.
Once the microchip is implanted, you’ll need to register your pet’s microchip information with a pet recovery database. This information should include your pet’s name, your name, phone number, and address.
In the event that your pet is lost, this information will be used to contact you and reunite you with your pet.
Why is Microchipping Important?
There are many reasons why microchipping is important for pet parents. Here are just a few:
Unlike collars and tags, which can fall off or be removed, a microchip provides a permanent form of identification that cannot be lost or damaged.
This means that even if your pet loses their collar, they can still be identified and reunited with you.
Increased Chances of Reuniting with Your Pet
Microchipping significantly increases the chances of being reunited with your pet if they get lost.
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (APSCA), only 22% of lost dogs and less than 2% of lost cats that enter animal shelters are reunited with their owners. However, if your pet is microchipped, the chances of being reunited with them increase significantly.
Peace of Mind
As a pet parent, knowing that your pet has a microchip can give you peace of mind.
It’s an added layer of protection that can help you feel more secure knowing that if your pet does become lost, there’s a higher chance of finding them.
Compliance with Local Laws and Regulations
In some states and municipalities, it’s mandatory to microchip your pet. In others, it’s required if you want to travel internationally with your pet.
By microchipping your pet, you’ll be in compliance with local laws and regulations, avoiding any legal consequences that may come from non-compliance.
Where Can You Get Your Pet Microchipped?
Most veterinary clinics offer microchipping services, and it’s generally an affordable and easy procedure.
Additionally, many animal shelters and rescue organizations also offer microchipping services. You can also search online for local animal welfare organizations that offer low-cost or free microchipping services.
Keep Your Animal Companions Safe!
Microchipping is a valuable tool that can help reunite lost pets with their owners. It provides a permanent form of identification, increases the chances of reuniting with your pet, gives you peace of mind, and ensures compliance with local laws and regulations. If you haven’t already done so, consider getting your pet microchipped today.
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