21 Jan 5 Reasons to Consider Microchipping Your Pet
If your dog or cat has ever slipped past your guard in search of an outdoor adventure, then you understand how important it is to equip him with a microchip that can be easily traced back to you.
A microchip is an integrated circuit no larger than a grain of rice. It’s implanted right under your pet’s skin with a nearly painless injection. Since the microchip is programmed with an ID number that matches the ID number on your dog’s or cat’s collar, you’ll be able to get in touch with the person who found your pet very easily.
If you’re still hesitant to use a microchip, these five reasons are sure to convince you.
Peace of Mind
It is estimated that over 10 million dogs and cats are lost every year in the U.S alone. This staggering figure indicates just how common it is for pets to run away. Using a microchip will give you the peace of mind that even if your pet does somehow sidestep all of your safeguards, and kind stranger who finds him can easily access your phone number and email address.
A study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association recently confirmed the high rate of return of microchipped dogs and cats to their families, especially when compared to non-microchipped animals.
Collars can break and ID tags can fall off, but a microchip is always there. It doesn’t wear out, so it serves as a permanent, fail-proof identification to link your pet back to you. Once you’ve registered your dog’s or cat’s microchip, your name, phone numbers, and email will be available to the person or clinic who rescues your furry friend.
Save This Life, a group of former animal rescuers, recently developed a superior microchipping method that uses the power of Google to make the microchip information accessible to anybody in need. We use this revolutionary technology at Seven Oaks Pet Hospital to ensure your pet is reliably protected.
Every Save This Life microchip is searchable on Google, so any person who finds a lost pet can simply type the microchip number into the search engine to uncover the phone number and email address of the pet’s owner. Similarly, the pet owner receives a GPS location of the person who found the lost pet. Save This Life even sends a free Lost Pet Alert to shelters and rescues within a 25 mile radius of the lost pet’s last known location!
Travel Without Trouble
If you’re feeling brave enough to travel internationally with your pet, you will need not only a health certificate but also a microchip. Most foreign ports are equipped to read microchips, and each will check that your pet meets the country’s standards.
You may not have plans to tour the Eiffel Tower with your pup just yet, but given the many other perks of using a microchip, it can’t hurt to be prepared!
Veterinarians everywhere, especially here at Seven Oaks Pet Hospital, can’t recommend microchipping strongly enough! It’s a simple and affordable way to dramatically increase the likelihood of your pet returning home safely. Right now you can even get a free microchip for your cat or dog when you enroll in one of our wellness plans!
The wellness plans at Seven Oaks Animal Hospital cover kittens, puppies, and adult felines and canines. Every plan ensures that your pet is able to receive full medical care and attention from our staff experts. With the added bonus of a free microchip upon enrollment, how can you say no?
There are many frightening and tragic events in life that can’t be controlled, but by microchipping your pet, you can make sure that losing your pet never has to be one of them!