May is Chip Your Pet Month, a nationwide initiative to promote pet identification and reunification. Every year, millions of pets go missing, and without proper identification, the vast majority are never reunited with their families. Getting your pet microchipped is the best way to ensure they can be safely returned home if they ever get lost. Here’s everything you need to know about chip technology and how to get your furry friend chipped.
#1: Microchipping a pet is a simple process
Although your veterinarian can microchip your pet while they are under anesthesia for a procedure like a spay or neuter, sedation or anesthesia is not necessary for microchipping. A microchip is no bigger than a grain of rice, and is inserted just beneath the skin between your pet’s shoulder blades. The process is similar to administering a vaccination, although the needle is slightly larger.
#2: A microchip is more reliable than a collar identification tag
Does your pet seem as if they are always losing their collar ID tags? Although it might be a relief not to hear the jingling tags in the middle of the night, lost tags won’t do you any good if your pet goes missing. Worn or illegible tags are also common problems, which means collar ID tags are not the most reliable identification method. In contrast, a microchip is a permanent identification form. With no moving parts and nothing that requires power, a microchip will last the life of your pet. Simply remember to update your contact information as needed, and your pet will be linked to you throughout their lifetime.
#3: Microchipping causes minimal discomfort
While a pet may wince or yelp when a microchip is inserted, the process is no different than administering a vaccination. The discomfort is minimal and short-lived, and pets are generally forgiving when presented with a tasty treat and some snuggles after the quick injection.