Microchipping – What’s the deal?

We have all heard stories of people who have had the unfortunate experience of losing their pet. Either a dog wiggles out of their leash, escape from the backyard or are spooked and bolt while off the leash. On nearly every street hangs a poster of a lost dog or missing cat. The implantation of micro-chips has begun to change all that.

In the past several years, there has been a lot of discussion and push for placing micro-chips in your pet, particularly in dogs. Veterinarians from all over the country not only provide the simple micro-chip procedure, but are now actually suggesting it. The micro-chip itself consists of a chip the size of a grain of rice that contains electronic information which includes you and your dog’s information that, when scanned by a micro-chip reader at an animal shelter or vet clinic, enables you to be reunited with your furry best friend. The chip and procedure is surprisingly inexpensive – generally $20-$50 – and is essentially painless for both you and your pet.

Undoubtedly, the pros outweigh the cons when it comes to micro-chipping your pet. When the name tag on their collar becomes unreadable due to age or falls off over time or while they may be lost, a micro-chip provides you with peace of mind and keeps your four-legged family member safe and sound.

Interested in learning more? There are several great websites listed below that provide detailed information for everything you need to know.

- The facts about microchipping your dog | Cesar’s Way

- Why Microchip Your Pet? – Petfinder

- Microchipping Your Dog of Cat | WebMD

And, as always, consult with your pet’s veterinarian for further info.

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