As pet owners, the most important thing to us is keeping our pets safe. One way to ensure better safety for our beloved pets, is to get them microchipped. It helps keep them protected and allows us to be located and contacted should they ever end up out of sight. Over the years, microchipping has become increasingly popular due to its effective safety and protection benefits, and you will now find that most people have their pets microchipped.
Incase microchipping isn’t something you’re overly familiar with, or you would like to know a little more about it, we thought we’d answer some questions in this blog and explain why it is important to have your pet microchipped!
What is a microchip?
A microchip is basically a tiny device that you have implanted on your pet that contains data and information regarding your contact details that can be identified with a specific reader/scanner. The soul purpose of it is to keep your pet safe and increase the chances of them being reunited with you if they were to ever go missing. Having your pet microchipped is essentially a more effective alternative to them wearing a collar and tag displaying your contact details and address. Furthermore, the microchip itself will never stop working and therefore your contact details will always be accessible when it is scanned.
How does it affect my pet?
The microchip itself will not cause any discomfort to your pet whatsoever. The initial implant is essentially like an injection, so the only time it would bother them is as it is being implanted, which would only take a second or two. After that, you nor your pet would even be able to tell that the microchip is there. The only way it will impact them is positively, which is if they were to go missing, as it would make it far easier for them to be reunited with you.
Why your pet should be microchipped
Each and every year, hundreds and thousands of cats and dogs are reported missing, and sadly, quite a high percentage of these animals do not return to their owners. As a pet owner, this is of course your worst nightmare, and so you want to do everything in your power to avoid outcomes such as this. The best way to do that, is to make it easy for both your pet and yourself to be identified so that you can then be notified when they are found.
Furthermore, just having your cat or dog wear a collar with contact information attached isn’t always reliable, as quite often these are easily broken or may come off when they are outside. Microchipping is a much more permanent and effective solution that you can rely on to keep your pet safer. It also proves ownership, as when the microchip is scanned, it will identify you as the owner, should this ever be in dispute.
Another great thing about microchipping, is that it’s not too pricey. It is a one time procedure for something permanent that you can rely on throughout your pets entire lifetime. It is most certainly worth the one off payment and although microchipping isn’t compulsory, it is highly recommended by vets.
For more information or if you have any questions in regards to getting your pet microchipped, we would be more than happy to offer some of our help and knowledge. Simply get in touch with us via our contact page and we will respond accordingly!