Microchipping may seem like a scary concept to pet owners, but the simple act of inserting the small device into your pet may actually save your pet’s life. In a world full of wonderful smells, colorful eye-catchers, and things to explore, it’s easy to see why animals tend to wander off even under a watchful eye. Luckily there’s no need to panic if you’re utilizing this tiny device. In fact, we’ve put together a list of 4 main reasons why you should consider using a microchip with your animal.
1. It Won’t Hurt
The procedure is very simple and doesn’t take anesthesia like surgery does. It’s similar to a vaccination shot—your local vet will insert the chip (which is about the size of a grain of rice) through a needle into your pet. The pain your pet experiences will be very minimal, and your furry friend will be back to normal in a matter of seconds.
2. It’s Permanent
Once the chip is inserted it is good for life—you’ll never have to replace it. Your chip will have a permanent number linked to it that animal shelters and vet clinics can scan and enter into a system in order to locate your contact information. The only thing you’ll need to worry about is registering your pet and keeping your contact information up to date.
3. It’s the Best Chance of Getting Your Pet Home
Collars can come loose, and if your cat or dog is caught without one, there’s not much a pet shelter or a veterinary clinic can do to locate you. Pet shelters euthanize thousands of homeless pets a year, which is why providing contact information in some form is so important for owners. When an animal shelter receives a new animal, they scan the animal to locate a microchip. If they find one, a number will register and they can match this number to the number in a database, which is where your contact information will be held when you register your pet’s microchip number. Then you’re just a phone call or email away from being reunited with your four-legged friend.
4. It’s Cheap
The cost to get the chip inserted is anywhere between $25-65 dollars (in addition to registration fees), but this pales in comparison to what it may cost to create and set up posters or offer rewards. And since it’s a one-time only procedure, you’ll only have to pay this relatively small fee once. It’ll make less of a dent in your wallet than normal vaccinations.
When it comes to your fuzzy companion, you’ll want to make sure you do everything you can to keep him safe and secure, and this is one simple way to do that. If you’re still unsure, feel free to ask your local veterinarian about your options, and you may also want to visit the Humane Society’s FAQ about microchipping here: http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/microchips.html. We wish you and your four-legged pal a long happily ever after together.