People have been getting microchips for dogs for years now, and it has become more and more popular for pet owners to do so. It really is an ingenious practice, but have you ever stopped and asked why? It is completely understandable to be wary about microchipping your dog, but we can guarantee that it is 100% safe and we recommend it to every dog (and cat) owner. Still not convinced? Here’s why you should chip your dog:
You Can Track Your Pet
This one probably goes without saying, as it is the greatest reason you should get the procedure done. If your dog runs away or disappears for whatever reason, you will have a much easier time finding them if they have a microchip implanted. Contrary to popular belief, microchips don’t actually track your pet’s precise location like a GPS. Instead, each microchip has a unique registration number and emits a radio frequency when scanned by a veterinarian or a dog shelter. Microchips are so effective that a 2009 study showed that chipped dogs were 2.5 times more likely to be returned than dogs without chips, and cats were 20 times more likely to be returned!
Although microchips for dogs are advanced pieces of technology, they are pretty cheap to implant! Generally speaking, it should cost you around $25-$75 to cover the chip, procedure, and registration. It’s worth mentioning that the procedure itself is very simple, as it doesn’t require anesthesia and can be performed very quickly. The microchip is inserted via a syringe, so it’s more like getting your dog vaccinated than them having surgery. You should be in and out of the vet in no time!
It’s The Responsible Thing To Do
You can be the best dog owner in the world and still lose your pet. Things just happen sometimes, and they can be completely out of your control. You should chip your dog just to give yourself the peace of mind that you’re not completely on your own should something happen to your pet. Chipping your pets also helps to prevent overcrowding in animal shelters, as that’s where many unchipped lost dogs end up. There are no reasons to not microchip your pet!
Microchips For Dogs: Get Yours Today
Did we convince you to microchip your dog? Great! It’s a very simple but important step to ensuring your dog’s safety. If you’re ready to get your furry friend chipped today, be sure to schedule an appointment with Cherrelyn Animal Hospital at your earliest convenience, or give us a call to get a quote!