Benefits Of Microchipping
The majority of pet owners have heard of microchipping, but worryingly, only a small percentage of us actually go ahead with the procedure for our animals. Nevertheless, as conscientious and responsible owners, it should be our priority to do everything in our power to keep our pets safe, and one of the best ways to do this is to microchip them.
How does pet microchipping work?
Microchips are widely used across various industries in the world. Each microchip is a radio frequency identification device (RFID) that is inactive until it comes into extremely close proximity with a microchip scanner. When the two come into contact, the microchip emits a unique number which is detected by the scanner. The number relates to an entry on a secure database of pet ownership information, enabling the veterinarian scanning the pet to make contact with the last known owner.
How is my personal information used?
We live in a world where our personal information and securing our privacy is incredibly important to us. For this reason, the only data stored on the microchip itself is the unique identification number. It is then necessary for someone who has the necessary clearance to access the database and obtain your details by inputting the ID number. These databases are extremely secure and can only be accessed by veterinary offices and similar.
Why you should be microchipping your pet
Many owners wonder if the benefits of microchipping their pets will outweigh the cost of the procedure. However, most pet parents who have had their animals chipped agree that there are a number of important advantages of doing so that should make microchipping an immediate priority.
Easy return of lost animals and settling ownership disputes
Every year, millions of animals across the United States become lost. Whether it is a dog that runs off at the park, a cat that wanders off and becomes lost or even a tortoise that escapes your garden, when you lose a pet it can be a heart-breaking situation. Collars and tags are not ideal options for every pet, but microchipping is a permanent placement inside your pet’s body, so cannot be removed by anyone other than a trained veterinarian.
If your missing pet is found, the finder can take her to a local veterinary surgery to see if she has been chipped. If so, you can be contacted to come and collect her.
Settle pet ownership disputes
Another problem with collars and tags is that they can be easily removed should someone stumble across your animal and decide to keep him for themselves. This is an unfortunate, but common occurrence, especially if your animal is a particularly desirable breed.
Pet ownership disputes happen more often than you think, and they can be very difficult to resolve. After all, many creatures look very alike, and your furry, scaly or feathered friend is unable to verbally confirm who they belong to. However, provided you register your pet’s microchip with your details as soon as your take ownership (which you will need proof of purchase/adoption to do) microchipping your animal can easily settle any disputes.
Establishing closure and saying goodbye
If your lost pet is found and taken to a veterinarian, if she is microchipped there is a much greater chance that she will be returned to you. In the devastating event that your precious animal has been discovered passed away, as is often the case with pets who have been hit by a vehicle while lost, microchipping enables your beloved baby to be returned to you so that you can get some closure and have time to grieve.
Microchipping your pet is a simple, painless procedure that can help increase the likelihood that you are reunited with her should you ever become separated. Most owners agree that it is an invaluable investment that should be a priority of any caring and responsible pet parent.
If you would like to find out more about pet microchipping, contact us and speak to our local veterinary team.