One statistic that shows the importance of having your pets microchipped is that
ONE OUT OF THREE PETS
will go missing. However, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), microchipped dogs are returned to their owner around 52% of the time, while dogs without a microchip are returned 22% of the time. That staggering statistic widens even further when looking at cats. Only about 2% of lost cats are reconnected with their owners if they aren’t microchipped. That number jumps up to nearly 39% for microchipped cats.
Microchipping your pet is a safe, simple and effective way to increase the likelihood of being reunited with your lost pet. Identification microchips are encoded with a number that is listed in an electronic database; this number contains all of your emergency contact information and can be updated at any time. About the size of a grain of rice, identification microchips are implanted beneath your pet’s skin, usually between the shoulder blades.
Microchips are designed to last your pet’s entire lifespan. Like your pet, your pet’s microchip ID code is one of a kind. Once enrolled, they will be linked to a permanent record of your information – which is important to keep up-to-date so you can be reached when your lost pet is found. Your microchip comes with a personal listing in the lost pet database, and this translates to anytime/anywhere pet recovery services.
Veterinary hospitals and animal shelters across the country and around the world are equipped with special scanners capable of reading these microchips. When your lost pet is taken to an animal shelter or veterinary clinic, a staff member will scan your pet for a microchip, read its unique code, and use the information in the chip to reunite you with your pet.
If your pet will be traveling around the world these microchips are Internationally recognized and can be read by any International Organization for Standardization (ISO) compliant scanner in the world.
*These microchips are not GPS microchips and cannot be remotely traced or tracked.
4 TIPS TO PREVENT LOST PETS
We know you love taking your pet on adventures. The only single drawback of having your pet join you is the possibility of them running away or getting loose. Sometimes being outside can bring a whole new set of emotions to your pet. The excitement of new smells and their curiosity can sometimes get the best of them. But not to worry, we gathered a few tips to ease any worry that you may have to help keep your pets safe.