The Importance Of Microchipping Your Pet

Your dog or cat is more than just a pet — he or she is a trusted friend, stalwart companion and family member. Just like any other family members, you want to do whatever it takes to keep your pets safe and know what they’re up to at all times. When you don’t know where they are, you obviously can’t call them on the phone. This is why you might want to consider microchipping your pets to get some assurance.

Pet owners may be reluctant to do this because they’re unsure if it’s necessary, or they may be concerned about what effects microchipping might have on their four-legged friends. If you’re curious about this process and want to know more about the many benefits it can provide, keep reading.

What Is Microchipping?

The procedure involves implanting a tiny microchip, no bigger than a grain of rice, under your pet’s skin. Your vet can perform this using a needle in much the same way he or she gives your dog or cat a vaccination. This chip is encoded with a unique registration number that is connected to your contact information. A scanner reads the information on the chip and identifies the animal as belonging to the individual who registered it. Many veterinary offices and shelters across the country have this technology.

What Are the Benefits?

Implanting a microchip in your dog or cat makes sense for numerous reasons. Here are some of the biggest advantages you’ll receive if you decide to go through with the process:

· Easy identification. Pets have a tendency to wander. When they do, the odds that they will be returned to their owners are not always good. When animals are chipped, however, shelters can scan them and know immediately where they belong. More than 10 million pets are lost each year. Having your pet implanted with a microchip significantly increases the chances that it will be found.

· Proof of ownership. It’s an unfortunate fact that many dogs and cats are stolen from their families each year. Even if the pet is found, it can be difficult to prove to whom the animal truly belongs. A microchip can provide incontrovertible evidence of ownership in these cases, helping to reunite owners with their furry companions.

· Permanent solution. ID tags and collars have long been the preferred method of identifying pets. However, they’re far from perfect. They can fall off or become worn and unreadable. On the other hand, a chip will always stay with your pet no matter what. It can last a lifetime and provide you with complete protection under virtually all circumstances.

· Enhanced functionality. As the technology becomes more common, manufacturers are adding functions to these chips. For example, they can be used to provide access to pet doors so that only your dog or cat can enter the house. This eliminates the worry that raccoons, squirrels and other animals from the neighborhood will sneak into your home.

Gain Peace of Mind With Microchips

Microchipping your cat or dog is safe, affordable and extremely beneficial. When you choose to go through this process with your pets, you gain confidence. You’ll be able to sleep at night knowing that if they are lost or stolen, the odds that they will return home safely will be much greater. There’s really no downside to using this method to ID your dogs and cats, so take a moment to consider it and make an appointment with your veterinarian.

Author bio: Stephanie N. Blahut is Director of Digital Marketing and Technology for Figo Pet Insurance. Figo is committed to helping pets and their families enjoy their lives together by fusing innovative technology — the first-of-its-kind Figo Pet Cloud — and the industry’s best pet insurance plans.



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