There is no greater fear for a pet owner than losing your dog or cat. The good news is there is a simple, preventive measure you can take to increase the likelihood of reuniting with your beloved pet – microchipping. This Chip Your Pet Month, we’re sharing why microchipping your pet is important and how this process has helped many missing animals find their way home.
The process is simple.
Microchips are tiny computer chips, about the size of a long grain of rice, that are implanted under your pet’s skin with a special syringe. Each microchip carries a registration number that links back to your name and contact information, which is added to a pet registry service. Handheld readers can scan your contact information from the chip if your pet is lost and taken to a shelter or veterinarian’s office. People who find a pet often bring them to these places first to check for a microchip or for an exam before bringing the animal into their home.
Chips are more reliable than collars.
Collars are great identifiers for dogs and cats, but they can easily break, fall off or your information could wear off of the tag over time. Microchipping your pet provides them (and you) with a permanent safeguard that significantly increases their likelihood of being returned to you if lost or stolen. Once the microchip is implanted, pet owners need only update contact information as needed, and periodically ask their vet to scan the microchip to ensure it is working.
Microchipping causes little discomfort.
We’re here to quell your fears if you’re worried about putting your pet in distress when the microchip is installed! The process only takes a few seconds, making it a safe and simple procedure. It is no more painful than a typical injection. While there may be a slight flinch or yelp when the chip goes in, the discomfort your pet may feel is short-lived.
The Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County currently offers free microchips (while supplies last!) when your animal’s vaccinations are purchased. Click here for more information on how to obtain a low-cost vaccination for your pet at the Humane Society.