One reality of being a pet owner is that your beloved cat or dog can wander away from home. Whether they follow a scent deep into the woods or are a habitual escape artist, it can be incredibly stressful for you and your pet when he or she becomes lost.
Microchipping your pet is one of the best ways to mitigate this nervousness and improve the chances of identifying your pet if he or she is lost. Let’s talk about the benefits of microchipping your pet so you can make the best decision for your four-legged friend.
What’s a Microchip?
Before discussing the benefits of microchipping your pet, you probably want to know what the process entails. The Humane Society explains that microchips are tiny transponders that can be implanted in your pet’s skin and act as identifiers. They are about the size of a grain of rice and can be inserted with a needle in a quick and relatively painless way (no anesthesia necessary).
The microchip contains a registration number, so anyone with a handheld microchip scanner can read it and get access to your name and contact information. The idea is that a microchip can be a good backup for pet identification (just like a collar) in the event your pet gets lost and ends up at a veterinary office, animal shelter, or with an animal control officer.
Why You Should Microchip Your Pet
With this in mind, here are some of the benefits of microchipping your pet:
Increase Your Chances of Reuniting with a Lost Pet
While microchips should not be the only source of identification for your pet, they have proven success in reuniting owners with their lost furry friends. The American Veterinary Medical Association reports that almost 75% of lost, microchipped cats and dogs were connected back to their owners because of the presence of a microchip.
Collars and tags can, unfortunately, fall off when your pet is lost, but a microchip is permanent.
Help Find Stolen Pets
It can be hard to fathom, but millions of pets are stolen every year. Some people simply want a new pet, while others may wait for a reward to be offered or sell stolen pets for a profit. While these thieves can forge documents and get new collars, they can’t change your pet’s microchip.
If they ever take your pet to the vet for care, the registration of the microchip may be detected and raise red flags with the clinic.
A microchip is a lifelong investment into your pet’s safety. Many professionals estimate that a microchip can last for anywhere from 20 to 25 years, so you don’t ever need to worry about it after it’s been implanted in your pet.
With a microchip, you can have peace of mind for the rest of your pet’s life.
Microchipping Your Pet With BetterVet
At BetterVet, we understand the importance of microchipping your cats and dogs, no matter if they have a fenced-in backyard to play in or spend most of their time cuddled up inside. We provide in-home visits and virtual consultations to discuss the benefits of microchipping your pet and get the job done with our Fear Free® approach to veterinary care.
Contact the team at BetterVet today to learn more about our mobile veterinary services.