Every year, a distressing number of pets go missing, and not all of them find their way back home. Many pets, particularly those who primarily stay indoors, do not wear collars or tags. Even if your pet does wear these forms of identification, collars can break and tags can become damaged or unreadable, leaving you with an unreliable means of ensuring your pet's safe return. Your furry companion needs a form of identification that is both dependable and immune to loss, theft, or damage. That's where microchipping comes in—a secure and straightforward method that significantly increases the likelihood of your pet returning home safely.
A microchip is a tiny device, approximately the size and shape of a grain of rice, which is gently implanted beneath your pet's skin, typically between the shoulder blades. The microchip insertion process takes only a few minutes and is entirely safe. Each microchip carries a unique identification number that contains essential information about you and your pet, including your name, address, and contact details. Upon microchip placement, you receive a registration form to complete, which enrolls your pet in a nationwide pet recovery database. Veterinarian offices, animal shelters, and animal control facilities across the country are equipped with specialized electronic scanners capable of detecting and reading the microchip's identification number. In the event that a lost pet is picked up by animal control or discovered by a compassionate individual and presented to a veterinarian, a quick scan of the microchip reveals the identification number. A simple toll-free call to the pet recovery database notifies the microchip company that a lost pet has been identified, facilitating contact with the pet owner and reuniting them with their beloved companion.
Microchips can be administered to young puppies and kittens, but even if your pet is already an adult, it's a wise consideration. Accidents can happen, even to indoor pets, leading them to venture outside and become lost. Relying solely on other forms of identification could put your pet's safety at risk. Microchipping provides a secure and effective means to enhance the chances of your pet returning home if the unexpected occurs.