May is National Chip Your Pet Month!

Have you ever wondered what your life would be like if you lost your cat or dog forever? While that’s not the most pleasant topic to think about, you must always be diligent in your preparedness as a pet parent. While you can’t completely guarantee that your dog or cat will be returned to you should they become lost, you can help. The ONE major way to significantly increase the chances of reuniting with your pet is with a microchip! 

Not convinced? Here are some fast facts:

Did you know that 1 in 3 pets will get lost in their lifetime? Heartbreaking, but true!

According to a study by the American Veterinary Medical Association, only 22% of dogs lost without microchips were reunited with their pet parents. But microchipping your dog increases that chance to 52%. Similarly, microchipped cats have a significantly higher chance of being reunited with their owners, than those that aren’t microchipped. 

Pretty convincing statistics, right?

So, what is a microchip?

A microchip is a small device the size of a grain of rice that is injected beneath your dog or cat’s skin. If you’re wondering, there’s only a minimal chance that any pain will be felt during this procedure.

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 keep a universal scanning wand on hand. This makes reuniting pets with their owners easy-breezy!

It must be stressed, though, that you need to register your contact information with the national database provided to you when you microchip your pet. It’s essential 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 as missing.  

Now, let’s talk money.

You’re probably thinking microchipping your pet will break the bank. Well, fear not, my friends. Microchipping is surprisingly very affordable! This one-time fee ordinarily costs between $30 and $50. 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 right now. Microchipping is easy, causes little to no pain, is non-invasive, and is affordable for all pet parents!

For more information about microchipping, contact Next Level Pet Care in Worcester County, Massachusetts, or visit your local veterinary clinic or spay and neuter clinic. We hope you never have to experience losing your pet to see how valuable microchipping is. But you certainly can’t put a price tag on peace of mind.

Next Level Pet Care 508.556.0656

“Enriching Pets Lives, One Household at a Time”