Having a furry friend is rewarding in so many ways, but it is also a large responsibility. When you take on the task of caring for an animal, you take on the job of keeping him or her happy and healthy. To do these things you want to make sure you are feeding him or her properly, playing with him or her frequently and giving him or her plenty of opportunity to exercise. Another facet of caring for that fuzzy little buddy, however, is making sure that he or she stays safe. An important component of this can be the purchase of pet microchips.
How Microchipping Works
A microchip is a one-time purchase that can be a cheap as $10 and will stay with your pet for the remainder of his or her life. It is about the size of a grain of rice and it is embedded under the skin. The procedure for implanting the microchip is done using a needle. This means that your animal will only feel a small pinch or pin-prick during the procedure. One the microchip is inserted, your pet won’t feel a thing. From then on, if your pet does get lost, anyone who finds them will be able to take him or her to any vet or pet shelter to have the chip read. The chip contains a serial number that will be kept in a database. This database will have your information recorded in it so that the company who sold the microchip will be able to contact you. Pet microchips do not contain your information, just the serial number that you can link to your information.
Added Benefits for Cats
While microchips are a great option for your dog, they are of even greater importance for cats, especially if your cat spends a lot of time outside. While dogs are generally monitored or on a leash while spending outside time, many cats are not. There is also quite a large feral cat population. By purchasing a cat microchip you’ll know that your cat is able to be identified whether or not he or she is wearing a collar. Even if you always keep your cat indoors, there could be that one time when your cat runs out the door and then gets lost, not knowing how to come home. With the option of a microchip that cannot be pulled off, lost or stolen, you can have the peace of mind knowing that even if your furry family member does go missing, he or she is more likely to return home.
About 1 in every 3 pets goes missing at some point in their life. While you might not be able to stop this from happening, you can increase the chances of your pet returning to you by getting him or her a microchip. A collar with a phone number is an excellent option, but collars can come off. Pet microchips are a safe and inexpensive option that your pet won’t be able to break or shake loose. With a microchip, you know that your pet always has his or her identification number.