June is National Microchipping Month! If your pet hasn’t been microchipped yet, we strongly encourage you to see to this as soon as possible. Actually, microchipping your furry best friend is one of the best things you can do for them! A Galena, MD vet lists some reasons why below.
Fido may be the goodest boy ever, but his training may go right out the window when he spots a squirrel. Pets also slip their leashes, dash out open doors, or dig their way under fences. Never assume that these things won’t happen to your furry friend. The truth is, as many as one in three pets are reported lost or stolen at some point during their lifetimes.
Another reason microchips are so important is because they do hold up in court. If someone steals your canine pal, you could end up having to fight for him. That microchip could be your biggest weapon in that battle!
Microchips don’t negate the need for tags, which are still the easiest way for someone to contact you if they find Fido. However, collars can be removed. Microchips are there forever.
Though we do recommend having your vet check your pet’s chip to ensure it hasn’t moved or malfunctioned, microchips don’t need regular maintenance. They do hold up, though: they have helped reunite people with their missing pets after months or even years of separation.
Microchipping is a very quick and easy process. Your vet will inject the chip beneath your furry buddy’s skin, using a hypodermic needle. Done!
Microchips don’t transmit any information. They also don’t utilize GPS technology, though you can buy Fido GPS-equipped collar tags. Each chip contains only a unique ID number, which correlates to your records in the chipmaker’s database. Be sure to keep your records current! That way, even if you move or change your number, your pet’s chip will still be tied to the correct data.
When it comes to pet care, it’s always better to err on the side of caution. Ideally, that microchip will never be used. But it’s better to have something and not need it than to need it and not have it!
Do you want to learn more about microchipping? Contact us, your Galena, MD animal clinic, today!