Keeping your pet safe and secure is part of the responsibility of owning a pet. Unfortunately, they can sometimes wander off or become separated from us. Since our pets are so dependent upon us, it can be detrimental to their health to become lost or separated from their humans, and simple ID tags might not be enough. While ID tags are vital to keep on your pet at all times, they can fall off, become damaged, or lost, leaving your pet with no identifying information on them allowing them to be returned home should they become lost or separated.
Every year countless numbers of animals are euthanized in our country, and it has become somewhat of an epidemic. Lost pets make up a portion of those animals who are put down, and this issue can be easily prevented with microchipping. If a lost pet is picked up by or brought to an animal shelter, then their chances of being returned to their owners are greatly heightened if the animal has been microchipped. Microchipping can help keep your pet secure and safe and can give you peace of mind of your pet’s whereabouts at all times. Here is some more information about the benefits of microchipping and how it can help keep your pet safe:
Microchipping is a simple and easy process that professional veterinarians are familiar with. It is a relatively cheap and non-invasive procedure that usually only takes a few minutes to complete. Rarely to animals become sensitive to the material of the microchip, but irritation does occur in some pets. A pet’s microchip acts as sort of a tracking mechanism, but is no larger than a small pellet or grain or rice. It is best to have microchips implanted when your pet is young, but consult with your veterinarian for more details about what will work best for your specific pet.
As previously mentioned, microchipping can greatly lower the euthanizing rate in the country if everyone gets on board. However, there are other benefits of microchipping that some pet owners may not be aware of:
While animals are largely dependent upon humans, they have a great desire for independence and exploration. Pets tend to wander off around the neighborhood exploring their surroundings, but once they get out of the house without a leash or collar, the odds of them returning could dwindle significantly. Microchips can help you locate your pet if they become lost, or even more so if they are lost during a natural disaster.
Microchips are designed to last for the lifetime of your pet; however, it is important to stay on top of your pets medical records, their health information, and their permanent residence. If any of the aforementioned information changes, it is critical to have your pet’s microchip information on-file updated.
When a lost pet is picked up by or dropped off at a shelter, it is likely that the pet doesn’t have any form of ID or collar on them. The first thing the shelter workers will do is scan your pet for a microchip to see if they can find out any critical information about the pet including health conditions and their owner’s contact information. This can not only greatly reduce the level of over-population in pet shelters, but it can provide for a warm reuniting with pets and their owners.
Dr. Ron’s Animal Hospital & Emergency, located in Simi Valley and serving the nearby areas of Moorpark, Thousand Oaks, Chatsworth, and the greater Ventura County, has witnessed first-hand the impact and benefits of pet microchipping. We provide and recommend pet microchipping services for all of our clients’ pets because we know how many times it has saved a pet’s life and reunited families. If you are considering microchipping your pet, contact the expert vet techs at Dr. Ron’s for more information on how to get started. We will gladly provide you with information about pet microchipping and help you feel more comfortable with the process. Your pet deserves to be safe and secure—and no family should have to experience the alternative.