Check the Chip Day is here! Microchips undoubtedly help lost pets return home, and having your pet microchipped is a core way you can ‘Paws to Protect’ your pet.
Check the Chip Day serves several important purposes:
- Pet owners are encouraged to have their pet’s microchip scanned annually to confirm location and functionality.
- Pet owners are reminded to make sure their pet’s microchip is registered and the contact information is current.
- Check the Chip Day is also the perfection motivation for pet owners to get pets microchipped if they have not already!
Have you been putting off getting a microchip for your pet? Perhaps you have some hesitations about getting your pet microchipped? Then take a few minutes to read our responses to some hesitations we have heard. Hopefully, you will see how important it is to have your pet microchipped.
“My pet stays inside all the time.”
You never know when someone will accidentally leave a door open and a curious pet will venture outside. What if something startles the pet when a door is open, and the pet runs out the door? According to HomeAgain, 1 in 3 family pets will get lost.
“My pet always wears a collar and tags with the identification information.”
Collars and tags are fantastic! But what if the collar breaks or gets caught on something? Or what if the tags fall off? The microchip is a permanent way to uniquely identify your pet.
“My pet will know how to get home if he or she gets lost.”
Lost pets may have the ability to find their way back home – after all, they are animals with incredible senses. But what if they get injured or sick? What if they become scared and hide instead of trying to make their way back home? What if someone else finds the pet and thinks the animal needs a home so they take the pet in as their own? A lost pet with a microchip, once found, can be scanned and returned home more quickly and easily.
“Won’t the microchipping be too painful for my pet?”
Microchipping is a quick and simple process. Most pets tolerate the microchipping as well as they tolerate a vaccination.
“I don’t think the microchip will really help if my pet gets lost.”
According to HomeAgain, microchipped dogs are more than twice as likely to be returned, and microchipped cats are more than 20 times as likely to be returned.
If your pet needs a microchip, be sure to take advantage of the 20% savings we are offering on microchips August 14 through August 18. Interested in learning more about the benefits of microchipping? Visit our ‘Paws to Protect: Microchips’ section on our website.
Author: Dr. C. Noureddine, DVM, MS, MS