“Wait a second; you’re going to put what under my pet’s skin? That’s going to be uncomfortable and hurt him!” Often times this may be the initial reaction of a first time pet owner when the topic of having their pet micro chipped arises. The thought of a chip being placed underneath the skin of your pet may make you think of a scene from the Terminator (Arnold SchwartzenegerT-800), but we can assure you that your dog or cat isn’t going to turn their attention to preventing an apocalyptic rise of the machines or start worrying about young John Connor.
“But my pet already wears a collar with all of the proper tags and identification; do I really have to get this?”… Pet’s slip out of collars all the time, especially on walks, so the short answer is DEFINITELY. Micro chipping is actually a standard practice for most pet adoption centers, meaning you will not be able to adopt a pet without one.
The process of micro chipping is painless, unnoticeable, and is a permanent way to ensure your pet has the proper identification if it were to go missing.
According to the Humane Society “A microchip is an integrated circuit about the size of a grain of rice implanted just under the skin of the animal. This is done as an injection and is nearly pain free for your animal. The microchip is programmed with an identification number that is read by a microchip scanner. This identification number is registered with the microchip company and all registered microchips are stored in the data base. When an animal is scanned, the number comes up; the finder contacts the microchip company and receives the owner’s information. Hence, a much higher success rate for the animal to make it home.”
As an added bonus, almost every shelter is equipped with micro-chip scanning devices so when a lost pet is brought it in, it can be quickly identified with the owners contact information, which vastly increases the odds of you recovering your lost pet and not having it go up for adoption due to improper identification.
Whether it’s your first pet, or your thirty first, micro chipping will greatly increase the odds of recovery should your friend ever go missing and decide to take a mini-vacation from home.
So please remember, “It’s hip to chip”.