Dora, a pup from Frisco, TX ran away from her home on July 4 after getting frightened by fireworks. For months, her family looked for her, leaving no stone unturned. Seven months later, CCAA scanned the microchip of a stray dog found in McKinney, TX — it was Dora. She was soon reunited with her family.
You can find many puppy reunions like this one online thanks to microchipping. October is National Animal Safety and Protection Month, which is a good time to think about protecting your pet. While we often encourage pet owners to consider microchipping, most, naturally, have questions about it. Here is what you need to know.
What is a microchip and how is it inserted?
A microchip is a tiny piece of technology used as a permanent method of electronic identification. The chip is about the size of a grain of rice; we implant it right under the skin. In most cases, we will insert it above the shoulder blades on your pet’s back. The procedure takes only a few seconds and is nearly painless. Later, when we find your pet, we can scan the chip and obtain your name and contact information.
Why is it important to microchip your pet?
The American Humane Association estimates that yearly, more than 10 million cats and dogs are stolen or lost in the United States. This means that one in three of our furry little friends will become lost at some point during their lifetime. The secure, reliable, and permanent identification of microchipping your pet will increase the likelihood of your pet returning home.
Here in North Carolina, the risk of losing a pet increases during hurricanes. After Hurricane Florence, for example, area pet shelters were overflowing with lost animals.
How much does it cost?
Although microchips are impressive technology, they don’t cost much. You will pay $25 to $50 to get your pet microchipped, depending on your vet.
Critical: Update Your Information
So what happens if you move? Plenty of pet owners sign up for microchips at the start, but many forget that we can’t find you if your information is out of date. If you move, contact your old or new veterinarian to update the contact information on file.
If you have other questions about implanting a microchip, contact us for information.