If you’ve ever had a mischievous pet you know what we are talking about when we say pets can escape. Sometimes a cat or dog’s sense of adventure overwhelms them and they will do anything to get out of the house (believe us when we say we have heard some interesting stories). When a pet goes missing it’s terrifying. If your pet has been microchipped, you can rest a little easier knowing they have a permanent form of identification and that you will soon be reunited with your lost pet.
Why does my pet need one?
Tag’s are great, and we recommend having them but let’s face it, collars get lost. A microchip is a permanent way of ensuring that your contact information is always available should your pet get lost. When a lost pet arrives at a clinic or shelter the first step is always to scan for a microchip. Once a chip is identified the clinic or shelter will contact the microchip company and your pet is now well on its way to returning home.
When should I have it done?
This can be done at any time. We offer to have it done at the same time as your pet’s spay or neuter but realistically it can be done at any time. Microchips continue to get smaller which means the implant device gets smaller as well. It literally takes seconds to have it done and it provides a permanent source of identification.
Do I need to do anything once it’s there?
Once your microchip is placed and registered the only time you need to do anything, is if your contact information has changed. It has happened, that a pet is brought in with a microchip and we are unable to contact the owner. This is usually either because the owner has moved or changed their phone number or the pet has been rehomed and the information was never updated. If you are unsure about how to update this information, your veterinary team will be able to help you.
Having your pet microchipped offers security knowing that your personal contact information is reachable 24/7 should your pet ever be lost. We feel it is a worthy investment; what we may think is the impossible may one day happen. For more information on microchips or, if you would like to make sure your information is up-to-date you can visit 24PetWatch