Why Should Implant Microchips for Pets?
Every year hundreds of cats and dogs stray too far from home. Some pet lovers have no choice but to wait and hope for the return of a lost pet. Collars and ID tags can help, but they are far from perfect. According to "Dog Whisperer" Cesar Millen, only about one in five dogs can find their way home with standard identification alone.
Implanting a microchip could help increase recovery rates. In the following article, we will share information and care tips on this important technique.
I.What is a microchip?
A pet microchip is a tiny electronic identification device that can be implanted under a pet's skin by a veterinarian or pet shelter. They are about the size of a grain of rice and are usually implanted between the pet's shoulder blades or on the back of the neck.
Each microchip has a unique identification number. You need to register this number in the microservice. When you report your dog missing, the service will access the microchip's database and try to find them. Also, you want to make sure the chip contains as much contact information as possible.
The American Kennel Club points out that microchips don't have tracking devices, at least not in the strict sense. Instead, they are used with GPS devices. While GPS trackers can help locate the location of a lost dog or cat, only a microchip can store all the information necessary to bring them home.
II.The benefits of microchip
While microchip is not mandatory in the United States, all pet lovers should seriously consider it. Here are some reasons why pet parents choose to microchip their dogs and cats:
1. Implanting a chip is simple
Installing a microchip takes only a few seconds and the process is almost painless. It's not all that different from vaccinating your pet, and it's almost as important for their health.
2. Implanting chips is cheap
Cesar Millen writes that the average cost of microchipping your dog or cat at your veterinary clinic or animal shelter is only about $40. It's a small price to pay, and many people can afford it.
3. Implanted chips are effective
A microchip can last for the rest of your dog's life. While they don't offer guarantees, Millen reports that more than 50 percent of microchipped dogs that are lost are eventually reunited with their owners.
For all their benefits, microchips have drawbacks. Taeing reminds pet owners that the chips can also occasionally cause confusion. For example, there are two different types of microchips on the market. If the vet or shelter doesn't have the right scanner to read your pet's microchip, it's practically useless. Universal scanners exist, but there is no universal microchip, and worse, no universal registration system for microchips.
To ensure your microchip is working effectively, be careful to ask your pet medical service provider about the type of microchip and scanner (welcome to use Taeing's pet chip information registry website at www.isenvo.com). If you move, be sure to update the contact information in your microchip registry and confirm that your veterinarian or shelter has the appropriate technology. In the end, while a microchip can go a long way in reuniting pets with their owners, it is our responsibility to use this technology properly.