One minute they are in your front yard, and the next they are chasing a rabbit down the block. Even the most loyal and obedient of pets can run away. Maybe this has happened more than once, and each time you find them sniffing a neighbor’s yard farther away than the last one. You take a deep breath of relief, scoop them up, and carry them home. You can not help but think, What if next time I can’t find them? This is a common concern among many pet owners. Fortunately, there is a simple way to fix this problem: Microchipping.
Microchips are safe, implantable computer chips that are no bigger than the size of a grain of rice. Using a needle and syringe, they are placed just beneath your pet’s skin. It is as easy as dropping off your pet at the local veterinarian and following the necessary guidelines to activate the microchip. Unlike collars and ID tags, microchips will never get lost or fall off. In just a short vet visit, you can gain re-assurance that if your pet is lost in the future, the odds of being re-united are significantly increased.
Take it from Dr. Ruth MacPete, DVM, who writes, “Considering how easy it is to microchip your dog or cat, there is no excuse to not do so.” Science Daily reported on a study conducted in 53 shelters within 23 states, and concluded that lost dogs with microchips were 2.5 times more likely to be reunited with their owners or shelters than dogs without microchips. The study also found that cats that have been micro chipped are 20 times more likely to be returned to their owner.
Dr. MacPete related a story from 2014 that she found very touching. “Just ask Spice, the 6-month-old grey and white cat discovered 2,300 miles away from her home. Thanks to her microchip, the shelter in Westbrook, Maine was able to identify her guardian in Albuquerque, New Mexico.” TODAY interviewed Animal Refuge League executive director Patsy Murphy about the story. He says, “The big takeaway is the importance of micro-chipping your cat, and the reunification that can happen whether it’s two miles or 2,000 miles away. It becomes a critical chip to re-homing the pet to the family.”
Written By: Leanna M. | Nashotah, WI