Our furry companions aren’t just pets; they’re family – and they depend on you to protect them. While many pet owners think their pets would never run away, the reality is that one in three family pets goes missing in their lifetime. Sadly, most missing pets escape in the summer, especially around the 4th of July. Kids are in and out from playing outside and backyard barbecues are in full swing, with plenty of opportunities for escape artists to slip through open doors. Noisy fireworks and loud celebrations surrounding Independence Day can be traumatic for pets, frightening them into leaping over or digging under a fence to escape.
What is a Microchip?
A microchip is a tiny electronic device, about the size of a grain of rice, that’s implanted beneath your pet’s skin just like a vaccine. With no batteries or moving parts, a microchip will last your pet’s entire lifetime! The process is simple, painless, and can be completed during your pet’s routine wellness visit, or while your pet is already asleep at the time of a spay or neuter surgery.
Microchipping is the single most effective way to ensure your pets make it back home if they become lost or separated. One study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, including 53 animal shelters nationwide, confirmed that a microchipped dog has a 238% higher chance of being reunited with their family, while a microchipped cat has a 2000% better chance of going home.
Fact: Microchips are not GPS Locators
The only piece of information your pet’s microchip contains is a unique identification number that is registered into a national database. Once scanned, the chip emits a radio frequency that reads your pet’s unique ID number, tracking it back to you. While a microchip increases the chances of a happy reunion, the device is useless without updated contact information.
Do Microchips Replace Tags and Collars?
Properly fitting collars and up-to-date ID tags are still important ways to identify your pet, but they can become caught, damaged or lost. A microchip is the only permanent form of identification that cannot be altered or removed. Consider it one more layer of protection for your precious pet. Talk to us today about the benefits of microchipping your pet. It could mean the difference between lost and found.