Your pet is a loving part of your family and it can be devastating when he or she is suddenly nowhere to be found. Sometimes, pets make it back home, but other times, they get lost and roam the streets. Even if you keep a collar and tag on your pet, these items can be removed, lost, or worn away over time. To increase your pet’s safety, we suggest that you have your pet microchipped. This is a relatively painless, inexpensive procedure that lasts for the duration of your pet’s life.
Microchipping is the process of implanting a grain-sized microchip in the shoulder of your pet. These microchips cannot be seen or felt by your pet and are the only permanent method of identification available today.
- How does a microchip help reunite pets and owners?
When you have your pet microchipped, an AVID microchip is surgically implanted by your veterinarian into the shoulder of your pet. Each microchip has its own unique identification number that correlates to the owner’s information, which is stored in a comprehensive database. When a pet is picked up by a shelter, the microchip is detected by a scanner that is hooked up to this database. The shelter then contacts you immediately, making the microchip your best chance to be reunited with your pet again.
- Why is microchipping important?
Studies show that one in every three pets goes missing during its lifetime, and 90% of those pets never return home. Some stay on the streets for the remainder of their lives, while others are fortunate enough to be taken into a shelter. However, every year somewhere between 8 and 10 million cats and dogs enter animal shelters in the US, and around half of these animals are euthanized due to overcrowding and lack of funding. Of the animals that do make it a shelter, less than 15% are reunited with their owners. If your pet is taken into a shelter and has a microchip, then he or she can be tracked back to you and returned home.
If you’re looking for ways to increase your pet’s security, then contact Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas, Texas or Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney, Texas. In addition to pet microchipping, we provide pet wellness services, grooming, and boarding.