Microchipping is a Must

ATTENTION ALL PET OWNERS: Microchipping is a Must

As avid pet-lovers, the mere thought of our fur children going astray should be too unbearable for words. One would think that most pet parents would be wheel-spinning to acquire the most efficient solution to avoid such a tragedy! So why, we ask ourselves, don’t more pet owners ensure their fur babies are microchipped? Without further a-do, we introduce to you these insightful reasons as to why your pet should be microchipped as soon as possible:

What is a Microchip?
A microchip is a grain-sized device that allows for permanent electronic identification in pets. It’s implanted between the shoulders, under the skin’s surface. Microchip scanners identify individual chips by their unique number which is recorded on a microchip database registry. By scanning the chip, all information pertaining to the pet is found on this database, such as the name of the pet, the name and surname of the owner, address and contact details. Should your pet get lost, you can be contacted via the database by vets, shelters or local authorities.

Reasons to Microchip your Pet

  1. Improves Success Rate of Finding your Pet
    Without a microchip, the possibility of you finding your pet is slim to none as opposed to the following statistics:
    A survey was conducted by The American Veterinary Medical Association concluding that only 21.9% of the time, stray dogs found at shelters without microchips, were returned to their rightful owners. When microchipped, the number rose to 52.2%. By the same token, cats without microchips were returned only a mere 1.8% of the time, yet those with microchips were reunited with their families 38.5% of the time!
  2. Microchips are Permanent
    Microchips are permanently entrenched in the skin thereby negating any chance of your four-legged pal losing their collar and/or identity tag. Furthermore, if your pet is stolen, the crooks will generally remove a collar so the pet in question is unidentifiable. Chips must be removed with the assistance of a veterinarian, so thieves rarely remove these. Remember, the chip cannot find where your pet is, but if they escape or you discover who stole them, you’ll have irrefutable evidence that your fur baby is, in fact, yours.
  3. Not too Painful
    Being accustomed to vaccine shots, your pet will be more at ease with the microchipping procedure. It entails the veterinarian inserting a small needle that implants the grain-sized chip at the back of the neck, between the shoulder blades. A single shot for eternal security is a reasonable compromise, right?
  4. It’s Fuss-free and Relatively Inexpensive
    Comparatively speaking, the amount you spend on your pet over their entire lifetime has nothing on a singular jab that the security-blanket of a microchip can offer. In addition, there are no associated maintenance costs. You’ll also save a pretty penny on medical costs in the long run, as having your pet microchipped is a prerequisite before most medical aid companies are willing to insure your pet against illnesses, accidents and the like. Finally, can you really put a price tag on your precious pet’s safety? We think not!
  5. Easy Access
    A revolutionary doggie-door has been launched that scans and recognizes your pet’s microchip and unlocks the door mechanism for them only, thereby keeping stray animals from entering your house.

The only maintenance required for this humble security investment, is to ensure your contact details and address are kept updated in the event of anything changing. New owners must ensure the original chip information is placed in their name and recorded on the database. And there it is: blatant proof that microchips are a must!

Written for inFURmation
by Taliah Williamson


Disclaimer:
 The information produced by Infurmation is provided for general and educational purposes only and does not constitute any legal, medical or other professional advice on any subject matter. These statements are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. Always seek the advice of your vet or other qualified health care provider prior to starting any new diet or treatment and with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. If you suspect that your pet has a medical problem, promptly contact your health care provider.

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Disclaimer: The information produced by Infurmation is provided for general and educational purposes only and does not constitute any legal, medical or other professional advice on any subject matter. These statements are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. Always seek the advice of your vet or other qualified health care provider prior to starting any new diet or treatment and with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. If you suspect that your pet has a medical problem, promptly contact your health care provider.