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Should you Microchip your pet?
It's easier than you'd think....

December 15, 2011

Each year, more than 10 million pets are lost, and, according to the American Humane Association, only about 17% of lost dogs and 2% of lost cats ever find their owners. Nearly 20 million pets are euthanized each year because their owners cannot be located. If your pet is microchipped, there is a much greater chance that they will return to you safely. Microchips will last for your pet’s lifetime as there are no moving parts and nothing to replace.

A microchip is a small computer chip, about the size of a grain of rice, that has an identification number programmed into it. It is small enough to fit into a hypodermic needle. Once implanted, the I.D. number cannot be altered or removed, and a layer of connective tissue forms around the chip preventing it from moving about.

Actual size of a microchip!  About the size of a grain of rice.

 

Some people are hesitant to microchip their pet because they are afraid it will hurt. The procedure is simple, routine, and painless, and it doesn't require any anesthesia. Your pet simply gets an injection just under the loose skin between the shoulder blades; it's a lot like getting vaccinated. Most animals don't react at all. Long term studies have shown that the microchip is very safe for your pets.

Best of all... the system works! More than 1 ½ million pets are enrolled in the AKC Companion Animal Recovery program and 97% have HomeAgain microchips. 126,034 lost pets have been reunited with their owners thanks to this program which has a 100% success rate. Every found pet in its system has been identified.

Ideally, leashes, fences, and doors would be enough to keep your pet safe at home, but in the real world, accidents happen, and your pet depends on you to protect him or her against the things that could go wrong. With a little effort now, you can take a big step toward ensuring that your pet will be with you in the future.

Fewer thatn 2% of cats with unknown ownership in shelters are reunited with their owners.  That is in sharp contrast to an average of 17% of dogs that are reunited with their owners. Studies show that many cats are willing to wear collars (the breakaway kind) and demonstrate that microchips are a safe and effective way to identify cats. Since "indoor only" cats and sometimes sneak out or get lost, all pet owners are encouraged to use a type of identification method.

Inquire with the any of the staff at Town and Country Veterinary Associcates about microchipping your pet at your next visit!