Have you heard of microchipping? It’s a simple, inexpensive, and effective way to ensure your pet has a form of ID on them at all times, even if something happens to their collar. New statistics show that 1 in 3 pets goes missing in their lifetime, so protecting your pet is essential!
A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice. Each microchip has its own unique ID number and once it’s implanted in your pet, you simply fill out the paperwork and mail it in to register the animal with your contact information. Your veterinarian or animal shelter can easily administer a microchip to your pet during a routine office visit for a nominal fee. Surgery is not required and microchips never ‘wear out.’ Microchips provide life-long protection to dogs, cats, rabbits, and ferrets.
If your pet was ever lost, the person or shelter who found them could get them scanned (at a shelter or vets office) for a microchip. Your pets unique ID number would come up upon scanning and the good Samaritans are then able to contact the microchipping company for your contact information and safely reunite you with your pet. Thanks to microchipping technology, the rate of return to families on stray pets has greatly increased.
Many shelters now include a microchip as part of the adoption fee/process. It’s very important that new PetParents fill out the paperwork and register their new pet so the contact information on the microchip doesn’t lead back to the shelter.
For additional security and further microchip ID # tracking abilities check out our review of Fetch ID, a service that tracks microchip #’s and allows those who find stray animals to do a google search for owner information.