We all see so many lost and stray pets these days. The best advice I can give to pet owners is make sure your pet has an identity tag and a microchip. So, what exactly is a microchip and why should I microchip my pet?
A microchip is a tiny computer chip which has a personal identification number programmed into it. The whole device is small enough to fit inside a needle and can be simply injected under the skin of our pets, where it will stay for the life of the pet. This provides a permanent identification which cannot be lost, altered or intentionally removed – a safe, simple and inexpensive way to protect your pet against loss. When your pet is implanted with a microchip it is essential that you register the pet’s details to a suitable database. The vet who implants your pet with microchip should supply you with a registration form for a database. If you are unclear about whether your pet’s microchip details have been correctly registered check with your local vet.
A microchip that is not registered with your details to an easily accessible database is useless. So, if your pet is microchipped, make sure you information is always kept up to date!
Check out these 5 reasons why you should microchip your pet!
1. Microchips Are Affordable
Depending on the veterinarian, for $25-$60 you can have your pet microchipped. The implant is only the size of a grain of rice, but contains a special ID number that is linked to your contact information. The one time fee includes the implantation, and the registration in a pet recovery database where your contact information is stored. This information should be updated every time you move or change your phone number.
2. It doesn't hurt
The microchip procedure doesn't require any anesthetic (though is commonly done when other anestesthic procedures take place), and is as simple as the routine shots your pet receives. The microchip is injected between the shoulder blades, beneath the skin’s surface. The process only takes a few seconds, so you'll be in and out of the vet before you know it!
3. Microchips Are Permanent
Even if your pet wears a collar with tags, a microchip is the only permanent form of identification that won't be able to fall off, be removed, or become illegible. Microchips are designed to work for 25 years, lasting throughout your pet's lifetime.
3. It’s the Best Chance of Getting Your Pet Home
Collars can come loose, and if your cat or dog is caught without one, there’s not much a pet shelter or a veterinary clinic can do to locate you. Pet shelters euthanize thousands of homeless pets a year, which is why providing contact information in some form is so important for owners. When an animal shelter receives a new animal, they scan the animal to locate a microchip. If they find one, a number will register and they can match this number to the number in a database, which is where your contact information will be held when you register your pet’s microchip number. Then you’re just a phone call or email away from being reunited with your four-legged friend.
5. You Won't Regret It
According to the Humane Society, one out of every three pets is lost during their lifetime. This leads to an overwhelming amount of strays, shelter dogs, and unhappy families. Most pet owners should want to do everything possible to prevent losing their furbaby forever, and microchipping is a simple, modern day tool that can increase the chances in reuniting an owner with their lost pet. You won't regret microchipping your pet, but you'll always regret that you didn't if your pet gets lost.
JOIN ALL PETS HOSPITAL IN CHECK THE CHIP DAY!
WHEN: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12
TIME: OPEN HOUSE 8:00am-6:00pm
WHERE: ALL PETS HOSPITAL LOBBY; 9308 PERKINS RD BATON ROUGE, LA 70810
Join us a we celebrate Check the Chip Day! We encourage you to bring your pets in for a microchip check at no charge to you. We will scan your pet and confirm that the chip is still in place and registering on the scanner. Our friendly staff will check the status of your registration with the microchip company and confirm that your contact information is registered and current. If not, we will update the information as a courtesy to our clients and any non clients that you would like to invite!
PET NOT MICROCHIPPED YET? NO PROBLEM! WE WILL OFFER A 20% DISCOUNT FOR MICROCHIPS GIVEN AND YOUR PET WILL BE SECURE WITH A MICROCHIP FOR LIFE.
Refreshments will be provided, and that goes for the fur babies too! It's a great opportunity to assure your precious pets are properly registered. Your visit also gives your pet an opportunity to come to All Pets Hospital and have a positive experience with the staff!