This Is Why Your Pet Needs A Microchip—Now

microchipOwning a pet is one of the great joys in life. Sharing your life with a dog or a cat that loves you as much as you love them provides satisfaction that few other things can match. Unfortunately, that love makes it all the more tragic when something happens to our beloved pets. According to the American Humane Association, 10 million cats and dogs are lost or stolen in the US annually.

Fortunately, modern technology can help reduce this problem and make it more likely to get your pet home. Microchipping is an inexpensive, easy, and reliable method to help your pet return home if something should ever happen. The microchip, inserted under their skin, helps vets and shelters figure out who a pet belongs to and who they can contact.

What Is a Microchip?

The microchip for pets is a little different than the term you hear in regards to computers and gadgets. A pet microchip is a small piece of metal–about the size of a grain of rice–that is inserted under the skin behind the neck on a cat or dog. This chip is read by a scanner gun that most vets and shelters possess. The scanner reads the chip and spits out information about the animal such as their name, owner, and a contact phone number.

The Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association says that 52% of chipped pets are returned home, compared to only 22% of non-chipped ones. This useful technology helps more owners reunite with their pets than ever before.

What Do I Need to Do to Chip My Cat or Dog?

The ease of the microchipping procedure is one of the best reasons why it’s a must for every owner. There is no battery to change or new model to upgrade to later. The one-time insertion lasts for the life of your pet, except in certain circumstances like surgery in that area or physical injury. The only thing you need to do is update your contact info through your vet if your phone number or address should change.

When you visit the vet, they insert the chip with a needle in a few seconds, causing no more discomfort for your pet than a regular shot. Then, with the help of the vet or shelter office, you register your info to a chip database and ensure any professional can find your information if they ever find your lost pet.

Don’t Forgot to Update Your Information

One important part of a pet’s microchip that owners need to remember is to update their contact information. Unfortunately, through a combination of forgetfulness and stress, many owners don’t update their info or register their chip to a database, causing blank or outdated information to appear. Up to 40% of microchips have no up-to-date information, leaving vets helpless to find owners. This is why it’s crucial to update your info as you move around or change your number.

A microchip is a great way to help your pets come home in case of loss or theft. While the microchip isn’t a miracle, it goes a long way toward helping people get their beloved pets home. If you have a new dog or cat and want to microchip them, contact us at Riverside Animal Care today!