As responsible and diligent owners, we are committed to doing everything that we can to keep our pet’s safe from harm. Losing our pet is undoubtedly one of our biggest fears, yet inevitably despite our best efforts, around 1 in 3 pets will still become lost at some point during their lifetime. Most owners will put a collar with ID tag on their pet, to help increase the chances of them being reunited with their pet of she is found, but unfortunately, collars and ID tags are not failproof and can fall off or be removed should someone else want to claim your missing pet for themselves.
Fortunately, there is another option – microchipping.
What is a pet microchip and how does it work?
A pet microchip is a method of electronic identification that is secured permanently inside your pet’s body, making it virtually tamper proof. The actual device is around the same size as a grain of rice, and on the chip is a unique number that can only be detected using a microchip scanner. This unique ID is recorded on a microchip database registry by the chip provider and the database entry contains information about the registered owner, including their contact details.
When a pet is found, and it isn’t immediately obvious who the owner is, the animal can be taken to a shelter or veterinary clinic with a scanner, and the chip can be activated. The owner’s details can then be pulled off of the secure database and the rightful person can be contacted and asked to pick up their pet.
Why is microchipping my pet so important?
Well we have already noted the main problem with collars and ID tags – they can fall off or be removed. So, unfortunately, they are not the most reliable tool for reuniting you with your pet, and while they could prove helpful in the short term, we would strongly recommend that you use them in addition to microchipping.
Microchips are virtually completely tamper-proof. In order to change the name and contact details on the database, most chip providers insist that you need to go through a security process and provide proof of ownership. This makes it much harder for someone to stake a serious claim to your pet should you enter into an ownership dispute with someone. Unfortunately, this is an occurrence that is all too common, particularly since many animals look alike. While photographs of you with your pet may provide some evidence, the owner information on the microchip tends to be fairly indisputable.
Increases the chances of reuniting you with your animal
Unfortunately, many of the animals that go missing each year have no form of identification or owner details on them. This can make it difficult, if not impossible to find the pet’s owner and reunite them. However, since microchips offer a more reliable form of tracking ownership, it also increases the likelihood that whoever finds your animal will be able to track you down and return your beloved pet safely to you.
It is desperately sad, but the fact is that a large number of animals that go missing pass away before they are able to be reunited with their family. Often this is due to running into the path of danger, such as disappearing into traffic or falling down somewhere and becoming trapped. In some cases where an animal has become stuck somewhere, it can take days or even weeks for them to be discovered. If the body of your pet is discovered, or she passes away in the care of a pound, shelter or veterinarian before you are contacted, being able to still find you and let you know gives you the closure that you might otherwise be missing and enables you to say a proper goodbye to your precious pet.
Microchipping your pet is an extremely safe and painless method of electronic identification, and one that will make it much more likely that you and your furry, feathered or scaly family member can be reunited should she become lost or stolen. To find out more about pet microchipping or to schedule an appointment for your pet, please do not hesitate to contact our clinic.