If you’re worried about losing your pet, you may want to consider having them microchipped. Microchips are a popular type of electronic identification. They’re as small as a grain of rice and are typically implanted right under the skin near the base of your pet’s neck. Each microchip has its own identification number that can be scanned with the microchip scanner when a pet is lost or stolen to help locate it. These identification numbers are kept in a microchip database that can be accessed by vets, animal shelters, and others when the need arises. In addition to the identification numbers, the microchip database also has pet owner information so when a lost or stolen pet is found, they can be reunited with their owners.
Microchipping isn’t something you can do yourself from the comfort of your home. Instead, you will have to take your dog or cat to an authorized microchip implanter, such as your pet’s veterinarian or animal welfare organizations.
There are many benefits to microchipping your dog or cat, including the following:
Collars and name tags are outdated. While many pet owners continue to outfit their pets with name tags and collars with their name and phone numbers engraved on them, this method is outdated. Why? Collars and name tags are prone to breakage and can fall off. Additionally, the engraving on a tag can wear off, making it difficult to read the pet’s name or phone number. This is not the case with microchips because they’re not easily separated from pets.
Microchipping is especially handy when you lose your pet or if your pet is stolen. Thanks to the microchip registry, you have proof that your pet is your own. This makes it easier to be reunited with your pet when it is found because your ownership won’t be disputed.
Microchip technology is evolving, and manufacturers are always enhancing microchips with added functionality. For example, many owners can now program their pet’s microchips to open their dog door when they approach while keeping out other pesky critters. Additionally, some manufacturers have even programmed lost pet alert systems into their microchips, along with travel assistance options for anyone traveling with their pet.
Microchips are inexpensive. Most microchips cost between $15 and $50. Most pet owners view this fee as a small price to pay for their pet’s safety.
Lastly, microchips can last the entire lifetime of your pet. They are also often a one-time expense so once they’re implanted, you won’t have to worry about them. This doesn’t mean your pet’s veterinarian shouldn’t check the microchip during routine care visits. Regularly checking microchips can help protect against chip malfunction.
Microchips are a great way to ensure your pet is kept safe. They offer peace of mind and are affordable. Even if you happen to lose your pet, your pet’s microchip will make it easier for you to reunite with them. Are you interested in microchipping your dog or cat? Contact Kankakee Animal Hospital in Kankakee, Illinois, at (815) 332-0600 for a consultation.