Each year, thousands of pets go missing, and the sad truth is that many are never found, even though there is an easy way to dramatically decrease the likelihood of losing them. Many pets, especially those that stay indoors, don’t wear collars or tags. Even if yours does, collars can break off and tags can become damaged and unreadable, so these forms of ID are often not enough to ensure their safe return.
A microchip is a safe, simple form of identification that can significantly increase the chance your pet will return safely. It is about the size and shape of a grain of rice and is implanted underneath the skin between the shoulder blades in a simple and safe procedure that takes only a few minutes. Each microchip is unique and carries vital data, including — your name, address and contact information. By registering the number on the microchip, your pet is entered into a national pet recovery database. If he or she wanders off and can’t be found a quick scan of the microchip starts the process through which you can be contacted and reunited with your furry family member.
We recommend microchipping for all pets, both indoor and outdoor. It is the simplest and most effective way to track dogs or cats that have taken off on their own travels. Anything that helps ensure your pet’s safe return is well worth doing.