Microchipping may seem like a scary concept to pet owners, but the simple act of inserting the small device into your pet may actually save your petâ€™s life. In a world full of wonderful smells, colorful eye-catchers, and things to explore, itâ€™s easy to see why animals tend to wander off even under a watchful eye. Luckily thereâ€™s no need to panic if youâ€™re utilizing this tiny device. In fact, weâ€™ve put together a list of 4 main reasons why you should consider using a microchip with your animal.
It Wonâ€™t Hurt
The procedure is very simple and doesnâ€™t take anesthesia like surgery does. Itâ€™s similar to a vaccination shotâ€”your local vet will insert the chip (which is about the size of a grain of rice) through a needle into your pet. The pain your pet experiences will be very minimal, and your furry friend will be back to normal in a matter of seconds.
Once the chip is inserted it is good for lifeâ€”youâ€™ll never have to replace it. Your chip will have a permanent number linked to it that animal shelters and vet clinics can scan and enter into a system in order to locate your contact information. The only thing youâ€™ll need to worry about is registering your pet and keeping your contact information up to date.
Itâ€™s the Best Chance of Getting Your Pet Home
Collars can come loose, and if your cat or dog is caught without one, thereâ€™s not much a pet shelter or a veterinary clinic can do to locate you. Pet shelters euthanize thousands of homeless pets a year, which is why providing contact information in some form is so important for owners. When an animal shelter receives a new animal, they scan the animal to locate a microchip. If they find one, a number will register and they can match this number to the number in a database, which is where your contact information will be held when you register your petâ€™s microchip number. Then youâ€™re just a phone call or email away from being reunited with your four-legged friend.
The cost to get the chip inserted is anywhere between $25-65 dollars (in addition to registration fees) but this pales in comparison to what it may cost to create and set up posters or offer rewards. And since itâ€™s a one-time only procedure, youâ€™ll only have to pay this relatively small fee once. Itâ€™ll make less of a dent in your wallet than normal vaccinations.
When it comes to your fuzzy companion, youâ€™ll want to make sure you do everything you can to keep him safe and secure, and this is one simple way to do that. If youâ€™re still unsure, feel free to ask your local veterinarian about your options, and you may also want to visit the Humane Societyâ€™s FAQ about microchipping here:Â http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/microchips.html.
We wish you and your four-legged pal a long happily ever after together.
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