Microchip Your Pet for May!
May is National Chip Your Pet Month
Did you know that 1 in 3 pets will get lost in their lifetime? Heart breaking, but true!
Have you ever wondered what your life would be like if you lost your cat or dog became lost forever? While that’s not the most pleasant topic to think about, you must always be diligent in your preparedness as pet parents. While you can’t completely guarantee that your dog or cat will be returned to you should he become lost, you can do ONE thing that will significantly increase the chances of reuniting with your pet and that involves microchipping!
Not convinced? Here are some fast facts:
The American Veterinary Medical Association indicated that only 22% of dogs without microchips were lost were reunited BUT with the creation and development of the microchip, that statistic increased to 52% of dogs being reunited with their pet parents because of their microchip! Similarly, for cats, the return to owner rates were even higher!
Are you listening yet? So, what is a microchip?
A microchip is a little device the size of a grain of rice that is injected beneath your dog’s skin. If you’re wondering, there’s only a very small chance that any pain will be felt during this procedure and believe me, it’s minimal, if felt at all.
Each chip possesses a unique barcode. With a simple wave of a scanning wand over the dog or cat, the contact information of the pet’s family will be displayed. It is now customary that veterinary offices and shelters alike keep on hand a universal scanning wand. This makes the reunification process easy-breezy! It must be stressed though, that you must register your contact information with the national database provided to you when you microchip your pet, AND make sure to keep your information up to date! Also, in the event your pet becomes lost, you can go on the website for the registry and report your pet missing.
Now, let’s talk money.
You’re probably thinking microchipping your pet will break the bank, right? Well, fear not, my friends. Microchipping is surprisingly very affordable! In fact, this one-time fee ordinarily costs between $30 and $50 dollars. That’s less than a large bag of dog food. You might even be able to get your pet microchipped for even less than this at your local spay/neuter clinic right in your town.
So, what are you waiting for? Set up an appointment for your furry family members to get microchipped NOW. Microchipping is easy, causes little to no pain, is non-invasive, and is affordable for all pet parents! For more information about microchipping visit your local veterinary clinic or spay and neuter clinic. Hopefully you will never have to personally realize the true value of your small investment! However, you certainly can’t put a price tag on peace of mind.