The Importance of Getting Your Pet Microchipped
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Microchipping your pet is a technology with many advantages and few perceived drawbacks. The days of "Lost Cat" posters and pounding the pavement looking for Fido are a thing of the past; nowadays, an owner whose pet is lost or stolen can rely on microchipping technology to potentially locate his or her pet. Thousands of pet owners have been reunited with their dog or cat thanks to microchipping. If you're unfamiliar with the process, read on about the benefits of getting your pet microchipped.
Lost and Found
The microchipping process is just what it sounds like. A small microchip is embedded in your dog; cat or other pet is inserted, and contains identification and contact information. If the pet is lost or stolen and ends up at an animal shelter or veterinary office, a scanner can be used to retrieve the information and the owner can be contacted. Being reunited with your lost or stolen pet is one of the major advantages of microchipping your pet. Considering the fact that many shelters have limited space and often have to euthanize animals, many pet owners feel that getting their pet microchipped increases the chances that they'll be reunited before this unfortunate incident occurs.
Peace of Mind
Although it is not a foolproof system, there is plenty of evidence to suggest that getting your pet microchipped increases your chances of being reunited if they are lost or stolen. Even some well-known celebrities have had success with getting their pets microchipped. When actress, and former Miss America, Vanessa Williams' Yorkshire terrier was dog-napped in 2007 from her New York home, the pair were reunited thanks to microchipping technology, in Connecticut! Stories like these prove that microchipping works to provide pet owners with peace of mind.
Are There Any Disadvantages
Some pet owners are wary of the microchipping process, fearing that it could hurt their animal or cause infection. However, the procedure is thought to be painless and routine, and no anesthesia is required. Pain-wise, implanting a microchip is similar to a vaccination and most pets react very little to the procedure, if at all. The risk of infection or long-term problems with microchips is extremely minimal. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals supports the use of microchips for pet identification.