June is National Microchipping month! There are lots of reasons to have your pets microchipped, so if you haven’t yet, it’s time to get it done. If your dog is microchipped, it’s imperative you update your contact information in the database.
- Review your dog’s adoption records and register at manufacturer database.
- Visit FreePetRegistry.com and https://www.foundanimals.org to register chip.
- Check your registry every year to update information.
A microchip is a small device about the size of a grain of rice that is inserted under your pet’s skin, and contains an identification number that can be scanned by a shelter or veterinarian. If you haven’t already done this for your pet, it’s time to do it.
5 Ways Microchipping Saves Lives
Here are five reasons to have your pets microchipped and how it can save their lives.
1. Accidents Happen
No matter how careful you are with your pets, accidents happen. Most dogs are lost due to gates being left open by employees or kids, dogs jumping fences, and stress-based activity. It doesn’t matter how cautious you are if
2. July 4th Is Near
Every July, animal shelters around the nation see an average of ten times the number of pets they see during other months. Unfortunately overcrowding at shelters means a much greater chance of your dog being euthanized should he be picked up.
3. Disasters Happen
We’re in the midst of hurricane season, wildfire season and flood season. Summer is a dangerous time no matter where you live.
4. Tags Are Lost
Collars get lost and removed. Just because your dog is wearing a collar with ID tags does not mean he will be wearing it when or during an escape. Collars get pulled off by other dogs, removed by people, scratched off by dogs, and more. You cannot rely on a collar or tags to stay on your pet.
5. You Are Twice As Likely To Have Your Pet Returned
More than one million pets are lost or stolen each year. A study of more than 7,700 stray animals at animal shelters showed that dogs without microchips were returned to their owners 21.9% of the time, whereas microchipped dogs were returned to their owners 52.2% of the time. Microchipped animals who weren’t returned to their owners was primarily due to outdated owner information in the microchip registry database.
“Unfortunately, many stories of lost or stolen pets don’t end happily unless there is a simple way of identifying a pet, said Ron Faoro, DVM and past president of the California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA). “The CVMA recommends that animals wear collars and tags and have microchips as a means of permanent identification.”
Protect your pet this summer, and year-round.