The Importance of Microchipping your Pet
A microchip is a small device that contains unique information about a pet. It is about the size of a grain of rice and includes a code corresponding to the pet owner’s contact information. This enables missing cats and dogs to be returned to their rightful owners as soon as possible.
Why should your pet be microchipped?
According to Petfinder, over 10 million pets go missing each year, with one out of every three going missing at some point. If your pet goes missing and is found, any vet or shelter can use a special microchip scanner to find out important information about your pet and get in touch with you as soon as possible for a reunion. In one study, microchipped pets were found to be 52% more likely to be recovered, compared to only 22% of the time for pets without microchips. If you move or change your contact information at any time, please notify your microchip company so that the information can be updated as soon as possible.
How does the pet get microchipped?
The microchip is contained within a needle inserted between the shoulder blades and cannot be removed or damaged. Once implanted, the microchip remains in place indefinitely, keeping your pet safe and secure. If your pet ever needs to be identified – for example, if it runs away and is apprehended by authorities – any vet can locate the microchip using a handheld scanner.