3 Reasons to Consider Microchipping Your Pet
Your pet is part of your family; the last thing you want is for him to run away or get lost! Unfortunately, one in three pets will become lost at some point in their life. You want to be prepared in case your best friend can’t find their way home on their own. Microchipping your pet is a simple, easy step you can take to make sure he is easier to locate.
They Can’t Get Lost
The microchips that go into our pets are extremely small computer chips. They are implanted under the skin with a syringe, not causing your pet any more pain than than a vaccine would. Microchips cannot get lost like ID tags.
They Are Pet-Specific
Microchips contain an ID number that is specific to your pet and registered to an online database. If your pet gets lost, the chip can receive a radio signal from a scanner and communicate this number back. When someone finds the chip number, they know where to look for your contact information.
Increase Odds of Locating Your Pet
Microchipping your pet is a proven way to increase your odds of finding them in case they become lost. According to a research study published by Ohio State University, the rate at which they found stray cats’ owners was 20 times higher than non-microchipped strays, and the rate was 2.5 times higher for dogs. Of the pets with microchips, three out of four were returned to their homes.
Getting Your Pet Microchipped
If you rescue a microchipped pet or decide to microchip your pet, you will need to have their ID number. Your vet or the shelter should have it on file, and if not, will be able to scan your pet for the number.
Once you have the number, go to the AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup site and find where your chip is registered. If you need to change your contact information, the AAHA site will provide you with information about your registry and how to update your info.
If your microchip isn’t registered, you’ll want to do so immediately. It is recommended that you register it with the manufacturer of the chip along with the free, universal Found Animals registry.
Microchipping your pet is affordable, virtually pain-free, and a great way to ensure your pet is safe and likely to be returned no matter the circumstances!
At Falls Road Veterinary Hospital, we realize it can be devastating for a family to lose a pet. We can help get your pet microchipped and properly registered so you can have peace of mind knowing your pet can be located. Call today for an appointment 301-983-8400!