Calling all responsible pet owners! Is your pet microchipped? June is National Microchipping Month. If your pets are not microchipped yet, now is the time to do it!
American Kennel Club (AKC) officially recognizes this holiday to educate responsible pet parents on the importance of microchipping your furry little friend.
What Is Microchipping?
The technology is quite simple. Pet microchips are radio-frequency identification (RFID) transponders and, when scanned, transmit a unique ID number. This means no batteries or power is required when reviewing a microchip for a pet’s unique ID number.
Microchipping involves implanting a device about the size of a grain of rice into the scruff of an animal’s neck. When scanned, it identifies the pet’s unique ID number, allowing them to be traced back to its rightful owner.
Now that summer’s upon us and we’ll be spending more time outdoors, there’s a chance your furry friend may run out the front or back door and not come back when you call them. If someone finds your pet or they end up in a shelter, they’ll be able to scan your pet’s scruff, identify them and you can be reunited.
Previously, it was thought that microchipping your pet was an expensive procedure. On average, you can have your pet chipped for less than $100! That’s nothing compared to the love you have for your pet.
Does Microchipping Hurt?
No more than a vaccine! The microchipping procedure is quick and painless. The veterinary professional implants the microchip in the loose skin around the folds of the neck or between the shoulder blades. Because it’s as painless as getting a vaccination or routine shot, no anesthetic is needed. There’s also no post-procedure recovery time or harmful effects.
Benefits of Microchipping
As a pet paw-rent, we never want to imagine losing a pet, but it can happen.If it does, we post pictures of our pets on trees, telephone poles, doors, and windows. We’ll do everything in our power to bring them back home.
Microchips have helped bring pets back to their owners for years. When an animal has a microchip, it increases the chance of the owner being identified, and as chips become more common, those numbers will continue to rise.
One of the first things a vet, shelter, or rescue does when a pet is brought in is checking whether the animal has a chip. Studies show that microchipping dramatically increases the chances an owner will be identified. A study from 2009 showed that 74% of found dogs and 63.5% of cats turned into shelters were reunited with their owners.
If you haven’t done it already, please get your pet microchipped! It’s inexpensive and easy. Call your local vet or shelter and schedule an appointment.
Please share your story with us about how microchipping your pet brought you back together again! Tag us on social media @vitalpetlife. Use the hashtags #microchippingbroughtthemhome #microchippingsavedmypet #nationalmicrochippingmonth