Safety may mean different things to different pet owners. It could mean keeping dangerous substances out of your pet's reach, securing your backyard to prevent escapes, or ensuring your pet is properly vaccinated. However, there's one aspect of pet safety that is often overlooked — pet microchipping.
Microchipping is a procedure where a small, electronic chip is implanted under the skin of a pet. It's about the size of a grain of rice and holds a unique identification number. This number can be read by a scanner, allowing the pet to be identified and returned to its owner if ever lost.
Microchipping isn’t just for dogs and cats. It can be used in a variety of pets, including birds, horses, and even reptiles. But regardless of the type of pet, the purpose remains the same, to provide a reliable means of identification that cannot be lost, altered, or removed.
The importance of microchipping in pet care lies in its ability to provide a permanent means of identification for our pets. Tags and collars can fall off or become unreadable over time, but a microchip will always be there.
It is a heartbreaking reality that millions of pets go missing each year. Despite our best efforts, pets can get lost or stolen, and without proper identification, the chances of being reunited with them are slim. Microchips increase the likelihood of a happy reunion.
Additionally, in the unfortunate event of a dispute over pet ownership, a microchip provides undeniable proof of who the rightful owner is. This is especially important in cases where pets are stolen.
Understanding how a pet microchip works can help alleviate any concerns about its safety and efficacy. The microchip itself does not have a power source. Instead, it is activated by a scanner that sends out radio waves.
When the scanner is passed over the pet's body, the radio waves activate the chip, which then transmits the identification number back to the scanner. This number can be used to access the owner's contact information, which is stored in a secure database.
The process of implanting the microchip is quick, simple, and safe. It is inserted under the skin using a hypodermic needle. The procedure is similar to a standard vaccination and usually does not require anesthesia.
As a pet owner, microchipping offers numerous advantages. The most significant is the peace of mind it provides. Knowing that your pet has a permanent form of identification increases the chances of being reunited with them if they ever get lost.
Microchips are also durable and long-lasting. Unlike tags and collars, they don’t wear out or fall off. They remain functional for the lifetime of your pet.
In addition, microchips are a one-time cost. There are no ongoing fees after the initial implantation and registration, making them a cost-effective choice for long-term pet identification.
Microchipping provides a simple, safe, and effective method of ensuring our pets can be identified if they ever get lost or stolen. As a pet owner, the safety and well-being of our pets are paramount, and microchipping plays a crucial role in that.
If you haven't already, consider microchipping your pet. It's a small step that can make a big difference in ensuring their safety. Visit Community Pet Outreach at our Lewisville, Texas, office. Please call (972) 848-8930 to schedule an appointment today.