Why You Should Microchip Your Pet
If you have a pet, the odds stand at one in three, that at some time during its life, it could become lost. Don't let this problem become a disruption of your family. When it comes to getting your pet back after it gets lost, microchipping is the most effective way to do so. A veterinarian must implant the chip, and this is one of the many services we offer for cats and dogs at Evans East Animal Hospital in Denver.
What Is a Microchip?
The microchip used to help identify your pet does not resemble the chips in computers or smartphones. Instead, it is a tiny electronic piece about the size of a rice grain that a vet injects under the skin of a pet. The chip itself does not have batteries or other devices inside it that could malfunction, making it a safe option for your pet's whole life.
The chip works when a scanner moves over it and picks up the identification number from the chip. This number connects to a database that you register your phone number into. This database allows a veterinarian's clinic or shelter to contact you if they find your pet. Almost all vets and shelters will scan incoming cats and dogs for microchips.
Registering the chip with your contact information is vital, though. If your pet has a chip, but you didn't register your number, no one can let you know that they found your dog or cat. Make sure to update the registry if you change your contact information.
Do Microchips Work?
If your pet gets lost and ends up at a shelter, you have a much better chance of getting it back if it has a microchip. For instance, a study of 7,700 stray animals found that more than half of dogs with microchips got back home if they ended up at an animal shelter. Unfortunately, only 21.9% of those without a chip got home. Additionally, cats without microchips got back to their owners only 1.8% of the time, compared to 38.5% of the time with chips.
A Microchip Is Not a GPS
Microchips do not actively track your pet. They are passive transponders that only put out their identification number associated with the database. If your pet gets lost, the only way you can find it is if someone brings it to a shelter or vet for scanning.
The Process is Painless
The implantation process for a microchip is painless and takes just a couple of seconds. Your pet feels about the same level of discomfort as it does when it gets a vaccine.
Make an Appointment for Microchipping Your Pet
Now that you know why you should microchip your pet, call 303-757-7881 to connect with us at Evans East Animal Hospital in Denver for an appointment. You can also request an appointment online. Our veterinarians can implant a microchip into your cat or dog and provide your pet with other healthcare services that it may need. We're here at Evans East Animal Hospital to help you give your pet the best care possible.