Benefits of Microchipping

 In Andes-Straley Services, Pet Care

A pet running off or getting lost is a family’s worst nightmare. Your family pet can wander miles through neighborhoods, land, roads, and more if they are lost. One way to ensure you know where your pet is at all times is microchipping. Microchipping allows your pet to be easily identified in case of emergencies or accidents. Here are three benefits of having your pet microchipped.

Identification

Microchips are a small electronic chip that contains a unique number specific to your pet. No two animals have the same microchip number, so there is no confusion. The chip is typically placed on the back of your pet’s neck, so it is easily scannable. Microchips are implanted right in the veterinarian’s office and does not require anesthesia. These chips also last a lifetime, so there is no need to worry if it will fall out.

Proof Of Ownership

In the small chance your pet could be stolen, a microchip proves ownership.┬áIf your pet is brought to a vet’s office or animal shelter, they typically can scan them to find their number. All microchip numbers are linked to a personal name and phone number. Since microchips are permanent, there is no way for someone to remove it. Therefore, the chip and its registration are concrete proof of ownership. This is extremely important to have in case your pet is brought to a shelter. If the shelter has a way to contact you, they can not put your furry friend up for adoption.

Increased Likelihood of Reunion

If your pet was either stolen, ran away, or is lost, a microchip will lead them back to you. Since your contact information is registered with your pet’s microchip, someone can quickly contact you. These small electronic chips are the reason why so many cats and dogs find their way back home. According to PetNet, several studies show that cats are 20 times more likely to be returned if they are microchipped. They also state that chipped dogs are returned 2.5 more times than unchipped dogs. With the average of 10 million lost pets throughout the year, a microchip can help.

To ensure the safety of your pet, it is vital to have them microchipped. If you need a microchip, Andes-Straley Veterinary Hospital can help! We specialize in high quality and compassionate animal care for all types of pets. At our hospital, we can easily administer a microchip for your family pet. Not only that, we offer other services like general veterinary care, medicine, surgery, and more. For more information on our services, please visit us online here. If you are interested in learning more about microchipping, call us today at (423)378-4443. By microchipping your pet, you are providing them specific identification that will prove your ownership, and increase your chances of reuniting in case the imaginable happens. Contact us!