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