Despite our best efforts to keep them safe, countless much-loved cats, dogs, and other household pets go missing every year – something which is a traumatic event for any caring owner. Unfortunately, many of these animals are never successfully reunited with their owners for the simple reason that their owners can’t be traced. Fortunately, there is a way of drastically improving the likelihood that your missing pet can be returned safely to you if you become separated – microchipping.
Pet microchipping is an innovative new way of permanently attaching your identification details to your pet. Each microchip, which is about the same size as a grain of rice, is implanted in your pet’s body in a fast, virtually painless procedure. In mammals, it is usually placed under the skin between the shoulder blades at the back of your pet’s neck. Each microchip has its own unique number which relates to an entry on a secure database that holds your personal information. When your pet is recovered, vets and animal shelters can use their microchip scanners to obtain your information so that you can be contacted. This information can and should be updated if you move to a new house or transfer ownership of your pet, but the microchip itself will never need to be replaced.
Some owners have concerns about putting their beloved animal through a microchipping procedure or have concerns about placing something inside their body. However, experts agree that microchipping is the most effective way of making your pet identifiable.
Here are some of the most important reasons why you should microchip your pet.
Studies have shown that pets who are microchipped are significantly more likely to be returned to their owners than those who have just a collar and tag. This is likely to be largely due to the fact that microchips cannot be removed once they have been put in place. This is unlike collars and tags which can fall off and be lost, or in the case of pet theft, removed entirely.
Unfortunately, a large number of animals in the United States are stolen each year – either to order by thieves looking for specific breeds or by opportunists. However, animals that are microchipped are much harder to sell on, meaning that they are less likely to be targeted by pet burglars. Similarly, pet ownership disputes are surprisingly common. With many animals looking alike and unable to verbally confirm which owner or family they belong to; it can be very difficult to prove that your animal actually belongs to you. While microchipping isn’t definitive proof of ownership, it can go a long way to supporting your claim to your pet.
Many people are concerned with data privacy and avoid microchipping their pets because they believe that their personal information won’t be safe. However, microchipping database providers take their customer’s data extremely seriously and invest heavily in the latest security so that you can rest assured that your information won’t fall into the wrong hands.
Some owners are concerned that the microchipping process means putting their pets through unnecessary discomfort. Fortunately, the microchipping process takes just a few seconds and is no more uncomfortable than receiving a vaccination. A very small price to pay for a process that could ensure that your pet is returned to you if you become separated.
On the subject of price, microchipping is also inexpensive. Rather than paying for collars and tags which may get lost or worn over time and require replacing, microchipping is a one-off cost that is affordable for the majority of owners. Many microchip providers and/or veterinary practices also offer deals on microchipping from time to time.
If you’d like more information about the benefits of microchipping your pet, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our dedicated veterinary team in Rome, GA.