- Microchipping your pet is affordable and a great safety net.
- It requires little to no pain and is similar to a vaccination.
- Microchips last up to 25 years.
- ID tags can get scratched up and fall off after time.
- Pets get stolen, especially if they are from a more valuable breed. The thief can simply take off your pet’s id collar and sell them. Having a microchip implanted increases your chance of someone returning your pet.
In life, sometimes we take the safety of our family, friends, and pets for granted. It is easy to think “it won’t happen to me” and go about our busy daily schedule. It is great to be a positive and optimistic person but we all should be prepared for emergencies. This goes for your pets as well. ASPCA’s survey [https://www.aspca.org/about-us/press-releases/how-many-pets-are-lost-how-many-find-their-way-home-aspca-survey-has-answers] for 2012 found that 15 percent of the surveyed lost a pet. If you apply those numbers to all pet owners in the US the numbers get staggeringly huge. The survey states “Forty-nine percent of dog guardians found their dog by searching the neighborhood, and 15 percent of the dogs were recovered because they were wearing an ID tag or had a micro-chip.” Some pets never make it back to home. Here is a little information on microchipping and why you should consider it.
What is Microchipping?
A microchip for use in pets is about the size of a grain of rice. There is a special ID number encoded on the microchip and if scanned by a reader will show the owner’s name and contact information. It is inserted under the skin with a syringe very similar to a standard vaccination. It’s a very easy and safe process. But remember, every time your contact information changes you should contact the registry of the microchip to update it.
Microchipping is not a substitute to your pet’s collar and ID tag. If your pet gets lost your neighbors will more than likely be the first to respond. It’s unlikely they will have a chip reader so the ID tag comes in handy. If your pet makes it to the vet or animal shelter the microchip will be their safety net if no ID tag is present.
Why You Should Consider It
By nature, most pet’s like to explore the outdoors. Much like a young child they do not see the dangers. They can’t communicate either. Microchipping offers an affordable way to ensure the safety of your pet if they become lost, get stolen, or if there is a natural disaster.