Animal safety: Microchipping your pet

Why you should microchip your pets.

30 family pets are lost or stolen every minute of every day. Sadly many of these pets never find their way back home because their owners didn’t take measures to identify their pet. Many pets, like cats in particular, are difficult animals to tag. Most cats will wear a collar if they are trained to at an early age, but require break-away collars for their own safety.

While a dog can wear the same collar for years, cats tend to lose their collars frequently, making identification difficult. A microchip is identification you loved pet can’t leave home without.

No matter how careful you are about keeping your pet indoors or supervised, accidents happen. Occasionally, all pets find some opportunity to get loose. Usually we can just call them, and they return quickly, but not always. It only takes a moment to have your pet get stolen or lost.

Look around your own neighborhood and I’m sure you will see many lost pet flyer’s, on phone poles, grocery store bulletin boards and many other places. All of those pet owners, thought losing their pet would never happen to them. Shelters are always over-crowded with lost pets that have no identification to lead them to the pets owner. Micro-chipping your pet now can save you a lot of heartache later.

What is a pet microchip?

A pet micro-chop is a tiny grain if rice sized computer chip that contains a personal and one of a kind identification number that identifies that pet as belonging to you. Pet microchips are small enough to fit through a hypodermic needle. They are injected just under the skin of your pet and stays in place for the rest of your pets life. A microchip is identification that will never fade or fall off of your loved pet.

Almost any pet can be micro-chipped…cats, dogs, horses, bunnies, birds, reptiles and even fish. Then if that pet is lost or stolen the odds of getting your family member back are much more likely. Every animal that is taken to an animal shelter or pound is scanned to see if it has a microchip. So if animal control or anyone else finds your pet and brings it to a shelter, your pet will be scanned and the shelter will notify you that your pet has been found.

Micro-chipping your pet is relatively inexpensive. Last summer our cat went through at least one collar every week. We did the math and at $10.00 per collar and new tag, we spent $120.00 on collars and tags in 12 weeks. Last week we got our cat micro-chipped for $58.00 and now we don’t have to keep a box of back-up collars around all the time.

Also Most vets have these scanners also, if someone finds your pet and then brings it to their own vet, mosre than likely that vet will scan the pet, if that person mentions that they found the animal. Another great thing about having your pet chipped is, if your pet is stolen and you find who stole your pet, you can tell the authorities that your pet is chipped and prove your ownership to get your pet returned.

Though there is never any guarantee that your lost or stolen pet will end up somewhere that the pet will be scanned, having the microchip will increase your pets odds of being returned to you if it is found. Having that peace of mind and knowing that you have done everything possible to protect your pet is reason enough to get your pet micro-chipped.

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