A worst nightmare for pet owners is when they come home and realize that their furry loved one is nowhere to be found. And unfortunately, many pet owners face this reality as there are up to 8 million dogs that end up in shelter every year.
For that reason, it is crucial to make sure that you take the right precautions in order to ensure that this tragedy does not become a reality.
The best way to ensure that your loved one does not get lost is by putting a microchip in your pet.
What Is A Pet microchip?
Micro-chipping a pet is when you take your pet to the vet and place a small microchip beneath their skin.
This micro-chip is a unique ID number which can be scanned to find you’re pet if they get lost. As it will have your contact information to reach you.
If you are still unsure if you should micro-chip your pet, here are some reasons why you should.
It is for a lifetime security . . .
Micro-chipping your pet is something that will last their entire lifespan as it is made to last 25 years. In addition, it is embedded into your dog’s skin; therefore, there is no way that the microchip will get lost or fall off.
In addition, it will give you a sense of relief that if your furry loved one ever gets lost you now have a higher chance of finding him or her again.
It is not painful . . .
Many pet owners are concerned if micro-chipping is a long and painful procedure. However, the good thing to know is that it is not painful.
Instead it is a lot like when your dog gets his vaccinations.
Micro-chipping does work!
By micro-chipping your dog is not a 100% guarantee that if your pet ever gets lost that he or she will be returned. However, it gives you a better chance of finding your pet then not micro-chipping your pet.
In the American Veterinary Medical Association it states that there is a 52.2% chance of finding your pet if they were micro-chipped; compared to the 21.9% chance of finding pets that were not micro-chipped. In other words if you micro-chip your pet there is 1 in 2 chance of your pet returning home.
Is it expensive?
Micro-chipping your pet is very inexpensive and will maybe cost at most $50.00. And if you compare it to other costs of taking care of an animal this will seem like nothing.
In addition, it is a one-time fee as it basically lasts a lifetime. And as a pet owner we would do anything to have the security and peace of mind knowing that our four legged love one is safe.