The American Humane Society reported in 2019 that over 10 million pets go missing in the United States every year. Most lost pets do not find their way home and a high percentage end up in animal shelters. For the animals taken to shelters, only two percent of cats and 15 percent of dogs without any kind of identification reunite with their families. Even indoor pets can slip out the door when you’re distracted carrying in groceries or just don’t see them. This is why you should have your pet microchipped.

Why a Tag and Collar is Not Always Ideal

Wearing a collar and tag with your pet’s name and your contact information is helpful and better than not having any identification at all. However, it does come with some drawbacks. Your pet may chew on the collar and potentially get it stuck in their mouth, which creates a choking hazard.

Another common problem with collars for pets is that they can get caught on a fence if your dog or cat tries to jump over or crawl under the barrier. You could also find yourself the victim of an individual who holds your pet for ransom or harasses you over the phone. Getting your pet microchipped eliminates these issues.

What Are Microchips for Pets?

Pet microchips are approximately the same size as a single piece of rice. The chip contains a radio-frequency transponder with a unique number assigned to your pet, along with your name and contact information. You need to make sure that you update the contact information each time you move. Microchips do not require an outside source of power or contain any moving parts.

If someone notices your pet on the loose and brings them to Balanced Pets Integrative Care Center, any staff member can scan your dog or cat for a microchip. Your name, address, and phone number appear on a computer screen and remain private from the person who brought your pet to the clinic. You are reunited with your pet a short time after receiving a call from us.

Steps Involved in Placing a Microchip

The procedure for microchipping your pet is safe, painless, and affordable. A vet will insert the chip underneath your pet’s shoulder blade, which takes less than a minute to do. Your pet never feels the chip once inserted, and you have the peace of mind of knowing that a happy reunion is much more likely in the case of separation.

You need to register your pet’s unique identification number with a pet recovery database. The service should be national to ensure that your pet can be scanned in any location. Be sure to ask the company you register with if it offers any assistance in finding your pet, such as broadcasting their picture, breed, weight, and other identifying information. Keep in mind that a microchip is not a GPS tracking device and cannot tell you the location of your pet.

Please Reach Out to Get Your Pet Microchipped

We care about your pet and don’t want to see them become separated from you even for a short time. Please contact Balanced Pets to schedule this simple procedure today. We also offer a host of other services such as traditional and integrative care options for your pet, and boarding services.