Is It A Good Idea To Microchip My Pet

July 15, 2014

As a pet owner, you also have to handle risk management – your pet could escape from the garden; jump over the fence. This could prove to be disastrous if your pet cannot find its way home. You and your kids would be devastated and all you can do is drive around town looking for your errant pet and then putting up a missing pet poster. Lastly, you may decide to check the local animal shelter a few weeks later only to find out that your beloved pet was euthanized. Had you  microchip your pet, you could have your pet home with you and your family.

Every year, in the United States, 3 million dogs and cats are euthanized in animal shelters, according to The Humane Society of the United States.

A study conducted by the American Veterinary Medical Association shows the dogs are 2.5 more likely to be returned to their owners from an animal shelter if they have a microchip that is registered; whereas cats with registered microchips are 21.4 times more likely to be returned to their owners from animal shelters.

These figures show that micro-chipping your pet could work out in your pet’s and your favor.

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Your pet may wear a collar and tag and you may think this is sufficient should the pet get lost. On the contrary, collars can break and tags can get damaged. So, donning a collar and tag may actually be a futile. Furthermore, many house bound cats don’t necessarily wear collars and tags at all times. And, should such a cat escape from a window that you or your kids forgot to close, everyone in the family would be reduced to tears.

If you decide to microchip your pet, you will have peace of mind at all times. You know that you will be able to get back your pet from an animal shelter, as it is a permanent identification of your pet. A registered microchip protects your pet.

Risk management is a part and parcel of pet ownership and a microchip is a great and efficient way to manage the risk of losing your pet. Microchipping your pet is affordable and you have the liberty of registering the chip with one registry or multiple registries. So, if you are wondering whether it is a good idea to microchip your pet, the answer is a resounding yes.


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