Safe and Found: Why You Should Have Your Pet Microchipped
Having your pet microchipped may seem like an unnecessary step because, after all, your pet is always supervised by you and they’d never stray, right? Unfortunately, the statistics show that over 10 million cats and dogs go missing each year, many of whom end up in shelters, rehomed, or worse, euthanized.
While we don’t wish to scare you, accidents do happen. Doors get left ajar, windows remain open, a screen pops out, or a dog who’s prone to dig gets under the fence. These are common scenarios that can happen to even the most vigilant of pet owners.
Contrary to popular belief, the microchip only provides one essential function, as opposed to GPS, and that is to identify your pet (not to track them). The microchip is a tiny computer chip enclosed in a biocompatible capsule. The microchip is the equivalent of a grain of rice in size, and is implanted beneath the surface of the skin, typically between the shoulder blades, closer to the base of the neck.
How It Works
Once the microchip is implanted, your veterinarian will send you home with the paperwork to either mail in your registration or do so online with the manufacturer. You will need to provide your name and contact information, as well as details about your pet. This step is critical to the efficacy of the microchip. The registration must be completed, submitted, and remain up-to-date for your pet to have protection against a missing pet scare.
If your pet should ever become lost, most animal control shelters, rescues, and veterinary clinics will have a wand or reader than can scan your pet’s microchip. With this, the reader can identify your pet’s unique numeric code, so the manufacturer can be contacted and they, in turn, will contact you to let you know where to find your pet.
Does Microchipping Hurt?
Many pet owners worry about pain associated with having their pets microchipped, but the procedure does not require anesthesia and is done through a syringe, much like you would expect from a vaccine. Most pets experience minimal, if any, pain.
The Benefits of Having Your Pet Microchipped
Of the missing pets reported each year in the United States, only 30% of dogs are reunited with their owners, and 5% of cats. This alarming statistic can be avoided when you microchip your pet, as microchipping significantly increases the odds of your pet being found.
While ID tags are an essential part of pet ownership, they are not as reliable as a microchip since they can be removed or fall off. Microchipping is by far the best way to protect your pet from becoming permanently lost should they go missing.
Would you like more information on having your pet microchipped? Please call the friendly team at Blue Valley.