Your pet is a part of your family. You love them more than you ever thought was possible, and can’t imagine life without them. Unfortunately, millions of pets go missing each year, leaving the owners completely heartbroken and with no idea of where to begin looking. It is estimated that over 10 million cats and dogs go missing every year, and around 6.5 million companion animals are put into animal shelters. Losing their beloved furry friend is every pet owner’s worst nightmare, and one that can be easily avoided through the simple procedure of microchipping.
Many people decide to forego the microchip with the false assumption that it will be painful for their pet and also expensive. In this blog post, we want to dismiss these myths and explain how important it is to get your animal microchipped. If you would like any further information or would like to make an appointment at our animal hospital in Tulsa, then don’t hesitate to contact us today.
WHAT IS MICROCHIPPING?
To put it simply, a microchip is a tiny radio-frequency identification transponder that stores your pet’s individual ID number which, when scanned, retrieves your contact information. The procedure involves using a hypodermic needle that implants the microchip under your pet’s skin. The chip’s lifespan is over 20 years, so once your pet has been microchipped, it will last throughout their entire life. The only updating it requires is your contact information if you move, or important information about your pet that needs to be added to the microchip.
COLLARS ARE UNRELIABLE
Many people think that the microchip is unnecessary since they have all of their information on their pet’s tag. While keeping all of the important information on the tags clipped to their collar is a great thing, the truth of the matter is that it’s not 100% reliable. If your companion happens to get loose, it can be easy for them to remove their collars if it is not on tight enough. Also, collars break and tags can fall off or get scratched up enough that they become unreadable. The only sure way to know that your pet’s information is safe and always with them is through a microchip.
A main reason for owners to opt out of the microchipping process is that they believe that the procedure will cause their beloved friend pain. The truth is that it takes only a few seconds, and with the microchip being about the size of a single grain of rice, your pet will feel a slight pinch and then the whole thing will be over. It’s just like when they get their necessary shots. If you just recently got your dog or cat, the microchip can be implanted while they are under anesthesia to be neutered or spayed, so they won’t even feel a thing!
Some pet owners believe that microchipping will cost them an arm and a leg, so decide not to get it done to save some money. When in reality, the procedure is incredibly affordable and is only a one-time fee! Once it is done, the only thing that you have to worry about is making sure that all of the information remains up-to-date.
LIFELONG PEACE OF MIND
As a loving pet owner, you do everything in your power to keep your cat or dog safe and happy. Even leaving them to go to work or do the chores makes you feel bad, so can you imagine if they got out and you had no idea where they could be? Even if your pet has never shown any signs that they would run away, things happen. You could accidentally leave a door or window open and they curiously wander outside, they could get spooked, and there are also cruel people out there that steal cats and dogs right from their homes. When you have them microchipped, you can rest assured that if the unthinkable does happen and they go missing, that your chances of bringing them back home are significantly higher than if they didn’t have a chip. This gives you the peace of mind throughout their entire lifetime and makes sure that they don’t find themselves at a shelter dreaming of home.
Here at Southern Hills Veterinary Hospital, we know how important your pet is to you, so we want you to have the assurance that if they were to be lost, you will be reunited. If your pet is not microchipped, don’t hesitate to make an appointment at our animal hospital in Tulsa and we’ll get it taken care of. Along with microchipping, we offer comprehensive veterinary services to ensure that your best friend lives the long and happy life that they deserve. So no matter what your pet needs, we can help. Contact us today!