Home Sweet Home: The Importance of Pet Microchipping
Becoming separated from a beloved pet is a scary thought for any pet owner. After all, we do everything we can to keep them safe, including leashed walks, fenced-in yards, vigilant supervision, and more. Accidents can and do happen, however, and even the most responsible pet owners can wind up facing the reality that a pet has gone missing.
Fortunately, there is much that can be done to find a lost pet nowadays, and pet microchipping may be one of the best ways to increase the chances of being reunited with your furry loved one.
The Wonderful World of Microchips
A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and consists of a tiny computer chip encased inside a biocompatible glass capsule. The microchip is inserted just below the skin between your pet’s shoulder blades and is no more painful or complicated than a standard vaccination. Because the chip is read-only and doesn’t broadcast information, there are no batteries involved and it won’t have to be replaced during your pet’s lifetime.
Each microchip contains a unique numeric code, and in the event your pet is found and scanned at a shelter or veterinary hospital, this code will appear on the scanner. When the code is entered into a database, your contact information will come up, which is why it’s important to register your pet’s chip and update your contact information if it changes.
Why Pet Microchipping Matters
Every year an estimated 8 million animals wind up in shelters across the country, many of which have accidentally become separated from loving families. Of these lost pets, less than 30% of dogs and 5% of cats are ever reunited with their owners.
Microchipping won’t guarantee that you will be reunited with your lost pet, but the chances of getting him or her back safe and sound increase tremendously.
We recommend a multi-tiered approach to your pet’s safety, including a properly sized collar, current ID tags, your contact information written on the underside of the collar in case the tags fall off, and of course microchipping.
If you have any questions or concerns about pet microchipping, please reach out to the staff at Highway Vet. We are here for you and your pet!