National Microchip Month: Why You Should Microchip Your Pets

Have you ever wondered what would happen if your beloved pet went missing? The Animal Humane Society estimates that one in three pets go missing over their lifetime.

How would you feel knowing that a simple and safe procedure could greatly increase the chances of your pet being returned home? There is something that can greatly increase your chances of finding your pet if they ever become separated from you and lost – microchipping.

What is a Microchip?

Permanent Identification

Microchips provide a permanent form of identification. Collars or tags can easily be removed or lost, whereas a microchip stays with your pet for life. This small, electronic chip is implanted under your pet’s skin and contains a unique identification number that corresponds to your contact information in a secure database.

Quick and Easy Reunification

The primary benefit of microchipping is the increased likelihood of a quick and easy reunification with your lost pet. Animal shelters and veterinary clinics routinely scan for microchips in found animals. Once the chip is detected, they can access your contact information and notify you immediately.

Increased Likelihood of Return

According to a study published by the AVMA, approximately 78.8% of animal shelters scan animals more than once during their stay. Moreover, almost all shelters maintain a database of microchipped animals, significantly increasing the chances of reuniting pets with their owners. With nearly 85% of shelters keeping detailed records, the reliability of microchipping is evident.

Lifetime Coverage

Microchipping is a one-time procedure that lasts the lifetime of your pet, with no need for renewal. This means once your pet is microchipped, you won’t have to worry about replacing it or updating it, provided your contact information remains current in the database.

Cost-Effective and Widely Available

Microchipping is a low-cost procedure that is widely available at most veterinary clinics and animal shelters. Given its affordability and the peace of mind it provides, it’s an investment that easily is rewarded upon being reunited with a lot pet.

Legal Ownership and Rehoming

In addition to reuniting lost pets with their owners, microchips can assist in proving ownership in legal disputes or rehoming situations. This can be particularly beneficial in cases where ownership is contested or when pets are adopted from shelters.

Get a Microchip in June, and Don’t Forget to Update Your Information

As we celebrate National Microchip Month this June, take the proactive step of getting your pet microchipped. Not only is it a reliable means of identification, but it also significantly increases the chances of a happy reunion should your pet ever go missing. Contact us to schedule an appointment for microchipping. This month, Westwood Pet Care is offering microchips for only $35.

Your pet’s safety is worth it.

By understanding the importance and benefits of microchipping, you can make an informed decision that safeguards your pet’s future. Let’s work together to spread awareness and ensure our pets are protected.

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