Microchip implants: inspiring happy endings everywhere. Microchip implants ensure that reuniting with a lost pet is more likely. The true horror of losing a pet can be too much for any pet owner to take. Implants help find missing pets, so they don't end up in shelters.
One of the most important things about microchips once your pet has one is to keep it updated and registered. Implantation is nothing without registration. The device is essentially useless without any information corresponding to it. The microchip is not a GPS system and is not going to tell you where your pet has ran off to. A microchip is only as good as the information associated with it. Getting your microchip registered is easy.
- Find out who your pet’s microchip manufacturer is. You can call the vet who inserted it to find out where your chip is registered.
- Update the microchip information online through the microchip manufacturer’s website.
- Remember if you move or change your telephone number you have to update the microchips information, it will not be done for you. A dog registered to an old address and an old phone number can’t be returned as easily, if at all.
Many people have decided to get a microchip for their pet, much to animal shelters, control officers and veterinarians glee. Although, when compared to Europe the United States isn’t as invested in microchips. In Europe pet microchips are standard, a quarter of all pets have implants. In the United States only 5 percent of pets have them, according to the USDA.
The benefits of a microchip far outweigh any discretion you may have. The device is no bigger than a large grain of rice. It is completely non-toxic, so it won’t cause any allergic reactions to your dog’s skin. Your dog will suffer as little as he would for a routine shot. The benefits of your dog being returned to you far outweigh the temporary discomfort. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) even agree the pain of the procedure is minimal compared to the consequences of a dog getting lost.
Microchips make for one less thing you have to worry about. They guarantee if your dog’s collar falls off there is a backup plan. A microchip ensures that a tale of a lost pet has a happy ending.
Also, make sure you follow your cities licensing laws. Not all pets come licensed!
Do you have your pet's microchip registered?
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