The Importance of Microchipping Your Pet

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Like it or not, your pet will eventually become lost. Your job as a pet owner is to make sure that if this happens, they will be returned to you quickly and safely.

If you are still considering microchipping your pet, or have already done so but aren’t sure of its importance, here are some reasons why you need to chip your pets and what the process involves.

 

Quick facts about microchips

Microchips are tiny devices that are inserted under the skin of an animal. They store a unique ID number that can be read by a scanner. If your pet is lost, a shelter or vet office can scan their microchip and contact you.

Microchips are permanent and can’t be removed like a collar or ID tag. They’re also relatively inexpensive and easy to insert. Plus, they provide peace of mind because even if your pet is found without any identification, they’ll still have their microchip.

In fact, even though they account for less than 5% of pets in shelters nationwide, over 80% of animals reunited with owners at Animal Care Centers in New York City had been microchipped.

That’s how important it is! And don’t worry, it’s not just dogs and cats who benefit from these little implants. Birds, rabbits, hamsters, and many other small mammals can be microchipped too!

 

How to microchip your pet

Microchipping your pet is a simple and effective way to help ensure their safety and well-being. If your pet is ever lost or stolen, a microchip can be used to help reunite you with them.

Here’s how to microchip your pet.

1) Find the area where the animal’s neck meets its shoulder blade, also known as the scruff. 

2) Use one hand to hold onto the scruff and then use the other hand to insert the needle from one side of this spot under a layer of skin. Once it has been inserted, use both hands to pull up on the needle so that it is no longer visible.

You should now see an inch-long incision in the pet’s skin. Apply a small amount of antibiotic ointment or petroleum jelly to the wound to keep it clean and prevent infection. Place the chip about 1⁄2 inch into the incision by pressing down firmly for 10 seconds before releasing pressure.

Let go of the pet and let it stand. The final step is to place a sterile bandage over the incision site to protect against infection. It will take 15 minutes for all information to transfer from the old microchip to the new one.

After this time, remove any traces of any identification tags or collars that may have fallen off during the procedure.

 

Where can you get your pet microchipped?

You can get your pet microchipped at most animal shelters, veterinary clinics, and some pet stores. The microchip is a tiny computer chip that is implanted under the skin of your pet. The chip contains your contact information so that if your pet is ever lost, he can be returned to you.

It also helps reunite pets with their owners in case they are separated during an emergency or natural disaster. Another advantage of having your pet microchipped is that it prevents someone from adopting a stray animal from the shelter because they have already been scanned for a chip.

If there’s no chip, then it’s likely not a stray! Make sure you take all the necessary precautions before getting a new pet. Make sure you visit your vet to make sure they’re healthy before buying them!

 

Applying the chip correctly

A microchip is a small, titanium computer chip about the size of a grain of rice. The microchip contains a unique identification number that is registered to your name and address.

If your pet is ever lost or stolen, the microchip can be scanned by any veterinarian or animal shelter, and your contact information will appear. This helps to ensure that you and your pet are reunited as quickly as possible.

Although there is always a chance that an animal could escape from its collar and find its way home without being chipped, statistics show that this only happens in less than 10% of cases.

When it comes to your beloved companion, the extra protection afforded by the tiny microchip is well worth it!

 

What happens if my pet gets lost?

If your pet becomes lost, a microchip can be a lifesaver. This tiny device is implanted under the skin and contains your contact information. If someone finds your pet and takes them to a vet or shelter, they can scan the microchip and get in touch with you right away.

Make sure your phone number is up-to-date so you’ll know when this happens!

 

Is there any reason why I shouldn’t have my pet microchipped?

No, there is no reason why you shouldn’t have your pet microchipped. In fact, there are many reasons why you should. A microchip is a permanent form of identification for your pet. If your pet is ever lost or stolen, a microchip can help reunite you with your furry friend.

Microchips are also safe and easy to insert – the procedure is similar to getting a vaccination. And because they contain identifying information about your pet (name, breed, birth date), microchips are more reliable than collars or tags which may fall off.

And if you happen to move out of town without taking your pet with you, a microchip is one way to make sure that he/she won’t be neglected by someone else in the area who finds him/her.

But aren’t there some drawbacks? Although most pets don’t seem to mind being microchipped, it’s important to note that it’s not an invasive surgery. Some animals may require sedation before the procedure and others will need an injection afterward.

But don’t let this scare you away from the benefits of microchipping – the peace of mind of knowing where your pet is at all times is worth it!

 

Other ways to identify your pet – collars, tattoos, and tags

A microchip is a tiny device that is inserted under the skin of your pet. The chip itself is about the size of a grain of rice and contains a unique identification number. When your pet is lost, a scanner can be used to read the microchip and identify your contact information.

Collars can become loose or fall off; tattoos and tags can fade over time. Microchips provide long-term permanent ID for your pet – an inexpensive solution to ensure that you are reunited with your beloved companion should they become lost.

There are no out-of-pocket costs associated with getting a microchip, which includes registration in our database. It’s quick and easy – we only need basic information from you like your address, name, and phone number (we’ll save it in our system).

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