The moment a furbaby is adopted, it is highly recommended to have them ‘microchipped’ before they leave the shelter. A typical question many pet owners would often ask after this recommendation – what is microchipping and what are the benefits?
What Is Microchipping?
Microchipping is the process whereby a small chip; the size of a grain of rice, is embedded on your furbaby’s skin with a syringe. It will feel like a vaccine shot, and your pet will feel slight pain and discomfort for a short time. The chip will have all the important data as your contact information, the medical condition, and history of your pet.
All the moment you have registered it in the microchip’s database. This process for your pet is quick, easy, and inexpensive, but it will mean a lot later on. When we had our small kitty microchipped, she was wondering what was going on, but she never flinched while the process was ongoing.
The vet or expert will make use of a needle to help implant the small microchip right under your pet’s skin, with the most typical positioning often found in between the shoulder blades of the pet.
Every single microchip will have a distinct and unique series of numbers that can only be read by a microchip scanner and will identify the owner’s information. Make it up to date to ensure your data is accurate. The vet or dog pound personnel will be able to contact you and get you reunited with your pet as soon as possible. There is hope for lost pets, and it is crucial that you maximize all possibilities of getting your pet reunited if the worse comes to worst by microchipping your pet.
Microchipping can be used to help safeguard various animals or pets, such as horses, cats, ferrets, and dogs. Whenever your pet has gone missing, you will not experience any panic or stress as you can easily get your pet reunited with you with the help of the microchip. PETA shares that there is a bleak chance of getting reunited with your pet if you have not had them microchipped, with basically 30% of dogs gone missing, and 10% of cats never finding back home to their worried pet parents.
Will It Be Painful For My Pet?
The entire process will take approximately 2-3 minutes to complete from start to finish, and it is not even required to have your pets sedated. It is similar to a routine immunization or injection. The pet can feel slight discomfort, but it will not even flinch or react negatively to the injection.
The procedure need not be carried out by a vet, but it is strongly suggested to have a qualified vet or animal doctor do so to avoid any further complications when done inappropriately.
Having your pet microchipped as a stand-alone procedure at the local veterinary clinic would set you back at about $50.00 to $60.00, nevertheless when it is carried out as part of a routine checkup or visit; it would probably cost you a lot less. There are other places that provide this microchipping service for a much lower rate so you can check with your local animal pound, animal charity groups, or animal rescue shelters to know more about this procedure.
Drawbacks of Microchipping Your Pet
It is very rare if at all for a pet to suffer from any medical complications as they have a microchip implanted on them. But, as with all other pet medical procedures, there can be a small risk involved that is why we strongly suggest that you have a qualified vet or animal doctor to perform the microchipping procedure to preclude further any unknown risks that can come with the injection or microchip implanting procedure.
Why Is It Important To Get your Pet Microchipped?
Whenever a new pet cat or dog is adopted in a new forever home, they do not immediately know what exactly their brand new home looks like. If they happen to get lost somehow as they escape their leash or darts out of your doors; they will never know which house is their real home to be able to return to. I have a friend who has wished real bad that he had gotten his brand new furbaby microchipped as he had him for about 3 days, and the dog explored the neighborhood.
After hours of calling the pet by its name, they found him sitting at the edge of the neighbor’s lawn. In this case, keeping your furbaby secured will ensure its safety, especially in the first few weeks of adopting or owning them. A microchip offers added peace of mind that your lost pet will find its way to you no matter any untoward occurrence happens.
Here are some other important reasons why you need your pet to be microchipped:
- Microchipping stores your pet’s vaccination records
- It helps to store all your personal information, contacts, and address, which makes reuniting you with your lost pet easier
- It helps to store your pet’s lineage or breed
- Your pet can travel with you abroad if you have them microchipped
Microchipping is something not all dog owners are comfortable with; however, you can go with the old-fashioned collars where your address and contact details are mentioned. Usually, these collars are made by laser engraving machines, but the most suitable and accurate for the task is the Cricut Explore Air 2.
According to the recent research conducted by the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy or NCPPSP, over half of the pets that are admitted to the shelter are euthanized, and the sheer volume of pets being euthanized annually can be heartbreaking. The number of feline pets that are euthanized are far higher than the pet dogs, as many dog owners often have their pets microchipped and come with identification tags; however, cats do not have this information or any identification tags when they enter a shelter.
This is a huge problem for many pet owners once the pet has gone missing, and it is most likely that their beloved pet will end up in a shelter somewhere. Finding your pet once it goes missing is not an easy undertaking without the identification tag or microchip in them.
One important fact that a lot of pet owners are unaware of; the moment a dog wanders far from home, they are very social and would go up to other people for help. Pet cats are often found to cower in corners, or perhaps are more likely found behind the bushes, under a deck, or can go invisible for days, until it is finally too late even to find them. Keeping your eyes and ears tuned in for a scared and whimpering pet can be helpful for their survival.
Whenever your pet scurries off and if found very far away from your home, a local pet shelter can do a simple scan of the microchip to find and retrieve your personal contact information. Your contact information is only available the moment your pet, and its microchip has been added to the database. This is often done almost instantly after the chip has been embedded on your pet’s body.
If your address or contact number changes at any point, please remember to update the said information as soon as possible to ensure that once your pet gets lost, he or she will be easily reunited with you as the owner. The same applies to any change in your permanent home address. You have to inform the vet or the one in charge to have it updated in the database to ensure timely and proper return of your lost pet.
If you are looking for an effective way to keep track of your pet, you should consider having them microchipped. The microchips are a great way for you to offer some form of permanent identification for your pet. Plus, the process is very painless to implant on your pet. Deciding whether or not you microchip your pet is right for you; you have to have a better understanding of exactly how this technology works and how it will benefit you.
There are some medical studies that reveal a heightened risk for cancer in animals with microchips implanted, but the figures are often very negligible, especially with the huge number of microchips being implanted into pets these days. There are literally millions of cats and dogs that are microchipped each year, and with low to no adverse effects.
The possibility of any pet cat or dog developing cancer or any other malignant ailment as a result of the implant is rather very small; however at the end of the day you should be able to carefully weigh up the risks as against the many benefits that your microchip can bring to your beloved pet cat or dog.