Imagine you come home to find your beloved pet is nowhere to be found. You call their name, but don’t see them. That’s when the reality hits you that they have gone missing. For pet owners, a missing pet is one of our biggest nightmares, and unfortunately it happens far too often. Nearly 4.5 million pets go missing every year. That’s why microchipping your pets is so important.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, only 22% of lost dogs that enter into a shelter are reunited with their loved ones. However, the return rate for pets that had a microchip shot up to 52%. If you on the fence about whether or not to microchip your pet, here are some reasons to help you decide.
A Microchip is a Permanent ID
Some collar tags can break off or become hard to read. The microchip is a more permanent and reliable option if your pet ever gets lost or stolen. Each microchip contains a 9, 10, or 15-digit number (think of it as your pet’s social security number). It is important to note that the chip does not work as a GPS. If your pet winds up at an animal shelter or veterinary practice, a scanner can be used to retrieve the information and will be linked to the owner’s contact information that is in the database. For the microchip to work, it must be registered. Your veterinarian should give you the information once your pet has been chipped, or you can go online to find a national pet recovery database.
Microchipping is Fast and Affordable
One of the common misconceptions about microchipping is that it is a long, very expensive procedure. The whole process is very similar to a routine shot. A small microchip, about the size of a grain of rice, is embedded into your pet’s skin between the shoulder blades. It only takes a few seconds. Chipping usually costs around $30 – $50 depending on where it takes place, which is worth every penny if your pet ever escapes or accidentally gets away. The small amount you pay up front for the chip is worth the investment. The biocompatible materials that make up a microchip are designed to last for the pet’s lifetime. The chip will not need replacing like you would have to do with collars and tags.
A Microchip Offers Security and Peace of Mind
Microchipping your pet will help give you peace of mind. If your pet goes missing, the chip can help identify the animal, and have your furbaby back to you safe and sound. There are numerous stories of pets being reunited with their owners after months, or even years of being missing, and they all share one commonality—the pets had microchips.
Being a responsible pet owner is the best way to protect your dog, and prepare them for if the unthinkable happens. Ask your vet about the right steps to take to getting your beloved pet chipped today.