Here at Hillrose Pet Resort, we are BIG advocates of a very SMALL item known as the Microchip. Most likely you’ve heard of this very small piece of technology that can make such a huge difference in the life of your pet. In fact, much of the time it’s the microchip that allows a lost pet to be reunited with its owner. In fact, a recent statistic cited: “The return-to-owner rate for microchipped dogs was over 52% and for cats it was about 38.5%.”
Based on this statistic alone, you can see why microchipping your pet is so very important.
Getting your pet microchipped can easily be done during any routine vet appointment. The microchip is a small electronic chip enclosed in a glass cylinder that is the size of a grain of rice. It is inserted into your pet on the back of their neck between their shoulder blades. Once your pet is chipped, your vet will give you a form that allows you to register your pet’s information with the company that manufactured the chip. Each chip comes with its very own identification number that will be permanently associated with your contact information. If it’s been a while since your pet was chipped, it’s a good idea to refer back to your registration information and ensure that all of your contact information is up-to-date.
If you have moved or are planning a move in the near future, this task should be a high priority on your “Moving To Do” list. Moves can often be disruptive to pets. We’ve all heard stories of pets that have wandered away from their new home in search of their old home and have been separated from their owners for long periods of time. Updated contact information associated with your pet’s microchip can potentially save you from many weeks or months of worry and painful separation from your pet.
Microchipping offers two primary advantages that tags do not:
- They are permanent: unlike tags, a microchip cannot get lost and will not be tampered with since it is an internal identification. Sometimes it is necessary to remove our pet’s collars and this can be a problem if they wander away from our home. However, a microchip will always be with them as they are designed to work for 25 years; most likely well beyond your pet’s life expectancy.
- You can purchase a lifetime registration: Another advantage of the microchip is that it allows you to purchase a lifetime registration for your pet. There are some counties that do require all pets be registered; if your pet has been microchipped, check with the manufacturing company to see if a lifetime license can be purchased with your registration.
Having your pet chipped is so important. Should your pet ever wander off, it could be the difference between your pet being recovered or not. If your pet has never been chipped, take the time to make the appointment and get it done. Remember, pets that have been microchipped are twice as likely to be recovered should they wander off than pets who are not chipped. The small amount of time and money it takes to microchip your pet, could make all the difference for them and you.