Everyone has heard of microchips, but many owners don’t get microchips for their pets. Their owners may not know where to get them, or think it’s too expensive. They might think it’s just not worth the bother.
But one in three pets will get lost during their lifetime, and 9 out of 10 don’t return home. It is crucial to find a way to let people know they live with you. Tags are good, but often get lost or taken off.
Microchips can save your pets’ lives. If there is ever a reason beyond your control when you are separated from your pet, that microchip could lead your pet back to you. Everyone has heard stories of the miracle pets that are located years and miles later, but we have also heard the stories of pets who did not survive the journey home.
Reasons Pets get Separated
Many pets become lost because they escape a yard or run outside when a door opens. They don’t realize the danger of being outside.
During holidays like the Fourth of July, many pets become frightened. The loud noises are terrifying, and they become wild and run away. Local shelters will fill up to capacity during times like this, leaving the animals at the shelter in danger of being euthanized more quickly. A pet who has a microchip may get back home much more quickly.
Other reasons pets get separated include other emergencies, like automobile crashes. When there are house fires, animals will escape and try to get as far away as possible. A cat who had no microchip named Luke escaped her owner when moving across the country, and only made it back home many months later because the community rallied together to look for him.
What Microchipping actually is
Microchips are actually a pretty fancy piece of technology. They are radio-frequency identification transponders, encased in a tiny bit of bioglass and injected under the skin. The microchip stores the pet parent’s contact information, and when scanned, gives off a radio frequency signal.
Animal shelters and veterinary hospitals usually carry scanners that will read most microchips. At many of those places, it is standard practice to scan every animal that is turned in to try to find the owner’s information. However, if you travel to another country, you should be aware that their scanners might not be able to read your microchip.
Keeping your microchip up to date
It’s not enough just to get the microchip. If your information changes and you miss that important call, you could still lose your pet forever. It is crucial to learn how to keep your microchip up to date. Putting in another microchip is not recommended, because the frequencies could interfere.
It’s never a big deal until it’s a big deal. Taking care of this small detail could mean the difference between a safe return and a sadly shortened life, so everyone should microchip their pets. Learn more about microchipping from our staff here at New Hope Animal Hospital