Should You Give Your Pet A Microchip For Tracking?

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Should You Give Your Pet A Microchip For Tracking? February 6th, 2018

Should You Give Your Pet A Microchip For Tracking?

What is microchipping?

Microchipping is a method of electronic identification, and it is permanent. The chip itself is extremely tiny. It is inserted just under the skin, right between your pet’s shoulder blades or the back of its neck. Each microchip is embedded with a number that can be scanned by a microchip scanner. Each microchip has a unique number that allows data to be fed into the chip’s database. This data includes the owner’s details, the pet’s name, etc. As a pet owner, make sure that the details fed in the database are up to date.

Is it painful?

It is a quick, safe and a fairly simple procedure.  It may cause a little discomfort and some pets react by flinching a little. The pain is minimal and most pets do not feel anything at all, even if they do the pains stops immediately after.

Why is it necessary to get your pet microchipped?

There are many benefits to getting your pet microchipped. When you are adopting a pet, try to get an animal that has already been microchipped as it helps trace where it is coming from or any illnesses that it might have.

We are highly in favor of getting your pet or emotional support animal microchipped and here is why:

 

  • Easier to locate

 

woman playing dogThe American Veterinary Medical Association conducted a study in 2007, which showed that about 74.1 percent of pet owners have been reunited with their pets through microchipping. Owners who did not microchip their pets had little success in finding their pet. When you first get your pet microchipped make sure you update the database immediately. If your pet plans to run away or wander off, you can easily locate them, but track them through a microchip. Microchips have provided an easy and enhanced way without wasting any time.

 

  • Avoids being put down

 

In some cases, pets that are picked up at random spots without any identification or microchipping are put down if they are particularly older or ill. Microchipping will not only help find the owner, but it will determine that the pet is indeed adopted and there is nothing wrong with it mentally or physically.

 

  • Relocation

 

freezing dogThere are many recorded cases that show cats and dogs go missing when homeowners relocate. This happens because the pet become confused and does not know what is going on. When it sees it can wander off, it does not miss that opportunity.

 

  • Better than collars

 

This technology is much more comfortable and enduring than any collar. Pets tend to take their collars off at some point and some pets do not get accustomed to them from the beginning. Collars can be taken off easily and can get lost, whereas a microchip stays embedded beneath the skin and is a huge plus in keeping your pet safe. Collars are unreliable even if they have all the needed information.

Conclusion

The introduction of microchips has made life easier for pet owners and those who have an ESA. Travelling, relocation and in case of a “missing pet” microchips can save you a whole lot of time and money in the long run. The best part is that it will not hurt your pet at all. As much as collars have proved to be a good identification and tracking device, why not adopt something that is reliable and long-lasting?