Imagine … You are walking through a dog park with your furry friend, whom you just unleashed. Now, a friend of yours waved at you whom you haven’t met for ages and that excites you. She/he comes towards you and starts chitchatting. Or imagine that instead of a friend, you come across a crying kid and you get engaged in asking the necessary questions. Chitchatting or handling the kid took your 100% attention for almost 10 minutes.
While you were busy doing that, your excited dog slipped from your eyesight, enjoying with his mates in the park. You cannot find him anywhere and have no idea whether he is deep in the woods or have exited. How will you find your pooch in this case? Will you ever be able to find him? Well, this wouldn’t have been a case if your pet was microchipped! If you are one of them who have not gotten his pet microchipped, here are five reasons to get it done, NOW!
- It is a life-long safety plug!
Microchips are permanently inserted into the pet’s skin which lasts for 25 years. Now, that’s longer than any collar tag around your pet’s neck. Your information and a unique ID number are stored in that microchip which helps in the identification of the owner easily. As soon as your pet is scanned in an animal shelter, they will return him to you. Isn’t it security for a lifetime?
- Sitting back because you think it may hurt your pet? Well, it does not!
If your pet is okay with the vaccination shots given to him, then microchipping may not hurt him. It feels similar to a shot given to the pet. Your veterinarian will simply use a needle to inject a grain-sized chip between your pet’s shoulder blades. Just like vaccinations are necessary, this chip has its unique importance, which, unlike vaccinations will safeguard your pet for his whole life.
- It’s not as expensive as you think!
When it comes to technology, people blindly start believing that it will be costly. However, microchipping is not as expensive as you think. The price may vary from $10-40 per animal, which is cheaper than a monthly dose of flea and tick treatment. Moreover, many veterinary offices, adoption centers, rescue shelters, pet stores, and animal welfare associations offer it at a very low cost. This means that once you microchip your furry friend, he is secured forever!
- Doubts resolved on whether it works… here are the stats!
A survey was conducted by the American Veterinary Medical Association that proved that the percentage of dogs returned to their owners that were not microchipped was 21.9%. Whereas, 52.2% of pet owners get their lost dogs back because of microchipping. Hence, the numbers purely indicate that the rise in reunion of lost pets has increased due to this process.
- This may surely convince you to microchip your pet!
If the above numbers are unable to convince you, the fact that how a pet parent feels when they get their lost pet back will definitely convince you. Here is a video attached that encourages microchipping because the pet owner was reunited with the pet, just because of the chip. Enjoy!
In all, there may be no harm in going through this process, but there is definitely some risk if you do not. If you have not microchipped your furry friend yet, this is the time to do it. All the best!