It is every pet owner’s worst nightmare, losing a pet. Indoor pets, in particular, are prone to getting lost because these animals are curious and unaccustomed to the outdoors. That’s not to say outdoor pets are less likely to get lost. Unfortunately, once the pet is lost, it is either accidentally killed on the road, exposed to elements or end up in shelters.
There are many ways to ensure your pet’s safety but nothing comes close to vigilance and Microchipping. Microchipping is a controversial topic among pet owners but the results speak for themselves. A microchipped pet is more likely to be reunited with its owner than a lost pet with no microchip implant.
What is Microchipping?
Microchipping is a technology that implants a form of homing device to the animal. This technology is not new. In fact, ranchers and farmers were the first to microchip animals (cattle and sheep) to safeguard their herd via ear tags.
For household pets, the microchip is no bigger than a grain of rice. The microchip itself comes in different types but the components are the same. It contains an integrated circuit, a capacitor, and a coil inductor. The microchip is left inactive and passive until it is scanned.
The microchip is implanted directly under the skin of the pet. The spot to insert the microchip will depend on the animal. For example, cats and dogs are microchipped at the back of the neck while horses are microchipped on the left side of the neck. Birds can be microchipped in the breast muscle and so on.
The Benefits of Microchipping Your Pets
Finding Lost Pets
Usually, lost pets end up in shelters. Because most shelters have high kill rates, it is only a matter of time before a lost pet is lost forever. Having your pet microchipped protects the animal from being put to sleep. The microchip works by providing identification and contact information when scanned. Once the owner of the pet is identified, the shelter will get in touch with you as soon as possible.
Reduce the Chances of Stolen Pets
Think of Microchipping as adding a homing device to your pets. The technology deters thieves from stealing your pet. If a pet is stolen, the authorities can identify the location of the stolen animal faster because of the microchip.
Peace of Mind
Getting your pet microchipped puts your mind at ease knowing that your cat or dog is safe from being lost or stolen. According to statistics, the chances of reuniting with a lost or stolen pet are high among animals that are microchipped. Countless of stories prove that Microchipping is indeed beneficial to pets and pet owners alike.
Safer and More Secured Compared to ID Collars
Unlike ID collars that can fall off or be forcibly removed, microchips are embedded into the animal. It cannot be removed unless it is extracted surgically from the animal. The higher level of security makes microchipping more reliable compared to using ID collars.
You can also update your contact details by calling your microchip company or sending an email. In fact, we recommend updating your contact details regularly to ensure accurate data.