A micro chip for your pet can provide peace of mind if your furry companion ever gets lost. At Hometown Vet, we know how much our animal patients mean to their owners, because our staff feels the same way about their own pets. We love and care for our pets, and in return they enrich and brighten our lives. Which is why if you've ever worried about a lost pet, you know the experience is absolutely nerve racking! This is where micro chipping can help.
In this article, we’ll explore why micro chipping is so important, what a microchip actually is, where it is implanted and how it works. Let’s dive in!
Why Does Micro Chipping Matter?
Did you know? There are roughly 4 million cats and dogs that get lost every year in the United States, according to The American Humane Association. In fact, 1 in 3 will become lost at some point in their lives. Wow!
With that in mind, we’re thankful that May is national “Chip Your Pet Month.” It’s imperative for veterinarians to bring awareness to this easy, yet super important operation for your dog, cat, horse or other furry animal member. At Hometown Veterinary Care, we want to make sure your furry family members can have the best chance to make it back to their home if they end up lost. Micro chipping is the way to do that!
What Is a Micro Chip?
According to the RSPCA, a microchip is a permanent method of electronic identification. The small implantable device is about the size of a grain of rice. The great news is that the chip doesn't affect the animal in any way. In other words, once the procedure is over, they cannot feel it, it doesn’t irritate their skin and there have not been any significant side effects noted when the operation is done properly.
Where Does a Chip Get Implanted?
The chip is easily implanted via a quick injection just under the skin between the shoulder blades of your pet. The procedure takes just a few seconds!
How Does a Micro Chip Work?
The chip uses passive RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology and contains a unique number that can be read by a special chip reader. Unlike collars and ID tags, they can never break or fall-off. “Pet owners need to ensure their contact details are recorded on the database against their pet's microchip number… Should your pet wander or become lost, vets, animal shelters and local councils can scan your pet for a micro chip and contact you via the database.” (RSPCA, 2017)
Make the Decision to Micro Chip Your Pet Today
A chip can be read at any vet’s or humane society office and will make sure they know how to contact you. Dogs and cats with microchips are more likely to be returned to their owners than pets without. According to Science Daily, cats with microchips were 20 times more likely to be returned home than cats without, while dogs with microchips were 2.5 times more likely to be returned home than those without. Wow!
Be a responsible pet owner, and make sure that your beloved pet isn't left in a shelter waiting for you! Get them chipped by setting up an appointment this month at Hometown Veterinary Care. Give us a call today at (207) 453-7387.
Remember, no matter how experienced a pet owner you are, there is always the risk of a beloved pet to go missing. Help to ensure their safety and return to home with a microchip, today.
Sources: PetCoach.co, PetFinder, Pet Health Network, The American Humane Association, RSPCA