Did you know that June is National Microchipping Month? If you have a pet, this is something you should definitely consider.
Microchipping is a procedure that involves implanting a small chip under your pet’s skin. This chip contains information about your pet, such as their name and their pet parent’s contact details. If your pet ever gets lost or stolen, the microchip can help ensure that they are returned to you safely.
Here are five reasons why you should microchip your pet!
1. To ensure they will be returned to you if they get lost.
Most people who save lost pets usually bring them to a veterinarian or shelter. After that, the first step taken by a doctor or shelter employee is to scan for a microchip, which is why it’s critical to implant one in your pet.
2. Microchips cannot be removed like collars or tags.
Collars and tags can be removed when a pet goes missing or is stolen, but a microchip is tamper-proof and this makes it nearly impossible to permanently lose your pet. Although microchips do not have GPS abilities, they can notify you when they are activated.
3. Microchips cost less than $50.
The cost of microchipping has come down significantly since they were first introduced and now most veterinarians charge less than $50 to insert the chip. This is a small price to pay for the peace of mind that comes with knowing your pet can be returned to you if they ever get lost.
Some animal shelters will even offer free or discounted microchipping clinics during National Microchipping Month to help encourage pet owners to have their animals chipped. Just also make sure to be aware of pet microchipping scams that charge more than the original cost.
4. Microchips are safe and cause no discomfort to your pet.
The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is inserted just under your pet’s skin between the shoulder blades. The insertion is similar to getting a vaccine shot and only takes a few seconds.
Your pet will not feel any discomfort from the microchip because when a microchip scanner is passed over to the pet, the microchip gets enough power from the scanner to transmit the microchip’s ID number. Thus, it does not contain any battery or electronics.
There is no risk of your pet being harmed by the microchip.
5. They provide peace of mind for both you and your pet
No matter how much we love our pets, there’s always that nagging worry in the back of our minds that they’ll run off and get lost.
A microchip will give you peace of mind knowing that if your pet does ever run off, they can be returned to you quickly and easily. And of course, your pet will be much happier staying with you than ending up in a shelter!
Why National Microchipping Month Is Important?
Microchips — the great uniter
According to a study, microchipped dogs were returned 52.2% of the time, whereas microchipped cats were returned at least 38.5% of the time. A fact – the UK also announced that cats are mandatory to get microchips.
They make pet parents worry-free
With microchips, pet parents can rest easy knowing that their animal kids are as secure as possible — the I.D. is tamper-proof, pets are registered on a national database, and no one can claim your pet as their own.
Microchips can save pets’ lives
These tiny implants rescue pets from the pound and a lifetime without their families. People may use databases that allow them to identify owners as well as add medical information about their pets.
So there you have it, five great reasons to microchip your pet this National Microchipping Month. If you’ve been on the fence about it, we hope this has helped convince you. And if you’ve already got a microchipped pet, make sure their information is up to date – you never know when you might need it!