It might sound hard to believe, but roughly one out of three pets will go missing at some point. Fortunately, microchipping your pet can greatly reduce their chances of getting lost and being permanently separated from your family. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, microchipped dogs are returned to their owners at a rate of approximately 52 percent. Dogs that do not have a microchip are returned at a rate of about 22 percent. For cats, the numbers are even more stark, with microchipped cats being reunited with their families at a rate of 39 percent, and non-microchipped cats being returned only 2 percent of the time.
A Microchip Keeps Your Pet Connected to You
A microchip is a tiny, easy, and affordable way to keep your pet connected to you. If they ever go missing, there’s a good chance they’ll be found, identified, and returned to your family.
At Shawsheen Animal Hospital, we offer HomeAgain brand microchips, and placing a chip into your pet is fast and virtually painless. The chip is carefully injected between your pet’s shoulder blades and under their skin. It will stay there permanently, for the rest of your pet’s life!
One of the most important things about your pet’s microchip is its unique ID number, which needs to be registered right away into the HomeAgain database. Registering your pet’s microchip ensures that if your pet is found and scanned, their ID number can be entered into the database and your contact information will come up.
4 Tips to Prevent Your Pet from Getting Lost
Our pets don’t understand the risks of running off and getting lost, but we certainly do! Here are some tips to keep your pet safe and secure.