August 15 is Check the Chip Day for pets with microchips. Each year, we encourage pet owners to stop by so we can quickly scan their pet’s microchip to ensure it hasn’t migrated and is still working. A pet’s microchip only works if the contact information with the microchip registration company is up-to-date! The team here at Hackettstown Animal Hospital have put together a list of some of the benefits to microchipping your pet.
Benefits of microchipping your pet
A microchip is the only permanent identification form that can reunite you with your beloved pet. Unlike collars and ID tags, which can break, or become worn and illegible, a microchip will last for the life of your pet. In addition, a microchip does not share personal information with anyone who finds your furry pal. When scanned, a chip emits only a unique identification number, which is then used for identifying your pet with the microchip company. Rather than giving the Good Samaritan your contact info, the microchip company notifies you personally that your missing pet has been found.
Other key benefits of microchipping include:
- It’s quick and easy — Microchip insertion is quick and easy—most pets don’t notice it any more than a vaccination.
- Sedation is not necessary — There is no need for sedation or general anesthesia for microchip insertion; however, we can microchip your pet during a surgical procedure to ensure the process is entirely pain-free.
- It’s really small — A microchip is tiny—about the size of a grain of rice. It won’t bother you or your pet, but it could provide the only link for a happy reunion.
- It can be smart — Microchip smart products can help your pet stick to their diet and prevent stray animals from coming in through your doggie door.
Have you microchipped your pet? If not, contact us to schedule a quick microchipping appointment for your furry pal.