What’s the Deal with Microchips?
We all absolutely adore our pets and hate to think about the possibility of them getting lost. Although we might never expect to be separated from our whiskered babies, it is extremely important that we are prepared for this potential situation. If you have never given it a thought, microchipping might be something to consider. After all, it is much better to be safe than sorry!
What Exactly is a Microchip?
A microchip is a small electronic chip, about the size of a grain of rice, that contains a unique number used to identify your pet. The chip is quickly implanted just under the skin of your beloved fur baby. Once implanted, information regarding how to link your contact information with your pets associated number is given. It is extremely important that you follow the outlined steps and pay any yearly fees associated with the chip so that your contact information can always be found. A microchip scanner, found at animal shelters and veterinarian offices, can be used to read the microchip. A number corresponding to the microchip will be displayed on the scanner, which can then be used to retrieve your contact information and reunite your pet with you.
What are the Benefits of Microchipping?
Choosing to microchip your pet can be beneficial for many reasons. One of the first procedures conducted at a veterinary office or animal shelter when a lost dog or cat is found is scanning for a microchip. If a number appears, a microchip registry can be searched to contact the owner of the found pet. It really is that simple! Owners everywhere can be more assured of a successful reunion, even if your four-legged friend were to lose his or her collar. Microchips are also a one-time-deal! They are extremely durable, and when implanted correctly, do not need to be replaced. Not only does this reduce any maintenance hassle, but it also lowers potential stress or anxiety one might have about losing their pet.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, a microchip greatly increases the chance for a pet to be reunited with its owner if ever lost. A recent study was carried out to determine the effectiveness of microchips and included more than 7700 stray animals at several animal shelters. The results demonstrated the positive effects associated with microchipping. Dogs without microchips were reunited with their owners only 21.9% of the time, whereas microchipped dogs were successfully returned to their owners 52.2% of the time. Cats without microchips were matched with their owners only 1.8% of the time, while cats with microchips were quickly reunited with their owners 38.5% of the time.
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