Each and every year, thousands of dogs and cats go missing. With about 78 million dogs and 85.8 million cats living in the United States, it can be hard to locate a lost or missing pet without a microchip. If you have been considering microchipping your pet, but are still on the fence about having this simple, painless procedure done, the pet care experts at Countryside Animal Hospital will share their insights with you about the benefits of microchipping your precious pet. Then, when you are ready, give your Top Rated Local® Fort Collins vet a call to schedule an appointment for your precious pet.  

What Is Microchipping?

Microchipping is a simple procedure that offers long-lasting benefits to both you and your furry family member. Microchipping involves using a hypodermic needle to implant a tiny identification microchip — about the size of a grain of rice — under your pet’s skin. The chip is typically inserted under the skin between the shoulder blades near the back of your pet’s neck. A microchip offers a permanent method of identification so pet parents have a much better chance of locating and reconnecting their furbabies after they have gone missing.

Each and every microchip has a unique identification number that can be scanned by a veterinarian, animal shelter, or the humane society. Once scanned, your pet’s information can be retrieved, which includes details about your pet, your contact information, and any additional information you or your vet adds to their microchip record. It is essential to regularly update the database with any new information, such as when you move, change your contact information, or change ownership. If you are considering microchipping your pet, here are five reasons why you should.

Can Help You Locate Your Pet

The most obvious reason to have your pets microchipped is that a permanent method of identification increases the chances of locating and reconnecting with your pet. Dogs and cats can go missing a number of ways: pets can escape through an open door, window, or gate and get lost after wandering off; dogs can escape their leash and run off if they get scared; cats can become disoriented after being chased into another yard — the possibilities are endless. If your pet is microchipped, they have a greater chance of being rescued and returned to you.

Collars Break and ID Tags Fall Off

Dogs and cats are required by local law to have their rabies license displayed on their collar. Additionally, pet parents will get them an identification tag with the pet’s name and their owner’s contact info engraved on it. While this is always a good thing to have, collars break, they can be removed by your pet, and the tags can easily fall off. Having your pet microchipped is an excellent backup plan to have in place just in case they lose their tags.

Relatively Painless Procedure

Many pet parents worry that microchipping their dog or cat will cause them discomfort or pain. The truth is, the procedure is quick, safe, and simple, causing very little if any discomfort to your pet. Just like when they get their shots, a pet may experience a slight pinch and then it’s done. What’s more, microchipping can be done during your pet’s spay or neutering while they are under anesthesia, so they won’t feel a thing.

Contact Your Friendly Fort Collins Vet

There are so many reasons to have your pet microchipped that will return to this topic in part two of this short blog series. If you are ready to experience the rewards of microchipping your pet, reach out to Countryside Animal Hospital to arrange an appointment for your dog or cat. Until next time, thank you for reading!