It’s a terrible thought to think of your dog or cat becoming lost and a common fear of every loving pet owner. Over 10 million cats and dogs are lost or stolen yearly within the United States and only about 20% of dogs and 2% of cats are returned home through shelters according to the American Humane Society. Compared to these sad statistics though, fortunately over 50% of lost pets with microchips are returned home safely. So save yourself some worry and potentially save your pet’s life by having them microchipped today!
What is a pet microchip?
A pet microchip is a very small computer chip that is inserted under the skin of a dog or cat usually between the shoulder blades. This chip is programmed with an individual identification number that can be linked to the owner’s contact information in an online database when scanned by a microchip reader. Modern microchips are designed to stay active for upwards of 25 years and are an incredibly safe and reliable method of identification in case your pet is ever lost.
What are the benefits of a pet microchip?
Microchipping is the best and most inexpensive way to ensure your dog or cat is safely returned to you. Today, nearly every shelter, veterinary clinic, and animal emergency room has a microchip scanner on hand, and it’s routine practice for lost pets to be scanned for the presence of a microchip. If a microchip is found, the owner’s information is looked up in the microchip manufacturer’s database and the owner is contacted as soon as possible. Tens of thousands of happy owners and pets have been reunited because of microchipping, sometimes even after months or years of being apart!
Check out this link https://www.petlink.net/us/petStoryList2.spring on the Petlink microchip website for heart-warming stories about owners reunited with their lost pets!
What is the process of having my pet microchipped?
Having your pet microchipped is performed with a quick one-time injection. We advise that you get your pet microchipped as a puppy or kitten if possible. If not, the sooner the better. The injection can be scheduled on it’s own, during a routine visit to the clinic, or during a spay/neuter surgery or other procedure when the pet is sedated. In most instances, the procedure itself can be performed without sedation and takes only seconds. However, if a dog or cat becomes extremely fearful, aggressive, or otherwise uncooperative, sedation may be required. If you have concerns about how your pet will handle the injection, give us a call and we can discuss your options.
Questions about microchipping?
Call us today at 210-650-3141 for more information on microchipping your cat or dog! An easy, one-time procedure, there’s no reason not to give your pet the best possible protection!
Open 7am – 11pm Monday-Sunday for your convenience, come by for your pet’s microchip any time!