Pet ownership is normally filled with great satisfaction and joy, as pets can bring a lot of joy into their owners’ lives. That said, there are many difficult aspects of pet ownership, not the least of which is dealing with a lost pet. While we try to do everything possible to prevent it from happening, the fact is that sometimes our beloved pets do go missing and just cannot find their own way back home. To protect against this we take every precaution we can, including pet tags or ID collars. Unfortunately, these can slip off, be removed or become difficult or even impossible to read, making them ineffective as our pet’s security against being lost. Fortunately, there is a far better alternative: microchipping.
The microchips used for pet identification are very small–about the size of a grain of rice–and they are placed just under a pet’s skin near the scruff of their neck in a very quick and easy procedure. It is arguably one of the safest forms of pet identification since the microchip cannot fall off or be removed like ID tags or collars, and since it forms an undeniable link between pet and owner to guard against those few unscrupulous individuals who may try to assert that someone else’s lost pet belongs to them. Furthermore, in some cases a pet’s microchip can be linked to their pet door so that they are the only animal who can come through the door. If all that isn’t enough, here are three additional benefits of microchipping your pet:
1. Microchips last for the life of your pet. There have been stories about pet owners losing their pets for weeks, months or even years, and still having their pet restored to them when someone makes the wise choice to have the animal scanned for a microchip.
2. Microchip services can include travel assistance where necessary. Sometimes lost pets turn up many miles from home and need help getting back. Many microchip companies provide travel assistance for those pets who are found far from home.
3. Microchipping can allow a pet owner to send lost pet alerts to animal shelters, veterinarians and concerned citizens in the area where the pet was lost. In many cases, lost pets are not far from their home–they just need to be recognized as lost. “Lost Pet” flyers can be hit or miss, as they may end up being posted all around where the pet is lost, but not in the exact area they are lost in. Microchip services include sending lost pet alerts to those who will be best able to reunite a lost pet with their owner.
Microchipping is so widely acknowledged as the best form of pet identification one could ever hope for that some communities are actually proposing the idea of making dog microchipping mandatory. In addition to helping lost pets be reunited with their owners, microchips can help to combat the problem of pet abandonment. Currently, many individuals who decide for one reason or another that they can no longer care for their pet simply choose to abandon their pet somewhere. Without microchips, abandoned pets whose collars and ID tags have been removed are simply labelled as strays. However, if they are microchipped, they can be traced back to the owners who have abandoned them, and justice can be served where needed.
Ultimately, it is your choice as to whether you want to microchip your pet. Microchipping is highly recommended by most veterinarians because it can give you great peace of mind. Even while you do everything you can to protect your pet from becoming accidentally lost, they will have the best chance of being reunited with you when they are found if they have been microchipped. Protect your pet today–Animal Healthcare PC is currently offering 25% off all microchipping through the end of August 2016.