Many pet owners have heard about microchipping, the practice of implanting a small microchip in their pet’s body. Some may be against putting anything foreign in their beloved animal’s body, while others may be concerned about it causing their pet pain. However, the process is very safe, and it isn’t any more painful than having a shot. There are many benefits of having your pet microchipped.
Your Pet Is More Likely to Be Returned if it Escapes
If you have an indoor cat that likes to dash out the door or a dog that often slips out of its collar, you may have spent a few panicked days trying to locate your pet. While your pet may have a collar with a tag on it that includes your contact information, those collars can get lost. In fact, many are made to break off if your pet gets stuck on something so that the collar doesn’t choke the animal. A microchip doesn’t have these limitations. If someone finds your pet and takes it to a vet, the vet will be able to scan the microchip and contact you as long as you’ve updated your information in the vet’s database.
The Chips Contain Medical Information
These microchips can also contain your pet’s vet records. This provides Beckenham vets with your animal’s medical history, including anything your pet is allergic to and the surgeries it has had. This technology can be incredibly helpful if your pet is found injured and is taken to a nearby vet who may have never seen your pet before.
Many Animals Can Be Microchipped
While most people have heard of putting microchips in cats and dogs, this technology can be used for a wide range of mid-sized and large animals. All sizes of cats and dogs, rabbits, and horses can be microchipped so that you can find them if they get lost.