14 May Why is Microchipping Important?
Did you know May is National Chip Your Pets Month? Many people may not know the importance of microchipping, or the purpose it serves for an animal. In simplest terms, microchipping your dog means to implant a permanent chip tracking device usually between the shoulder blades on the back neck of a dog. “Each chip has a unique number that is detected using a microchip scanner. The microchip number is recorded on a microchip database registry with details about the animal and owner. Pet owners need to ensure their contact details are recorded on the database against their pet’s microchip number” (RSPCA). In case of an emergency, vets and animal care and control facilities can scan any lost dog that has been found, to search for a microchip using a microchip scanner. If a microchip is found in the dog, there is information that the microchip provides, such as contact information, which can be used to get in touch with the dog’s owners. Some dog owners worry that the process of obtaining a microchip in their pet is a serious surgical procedure that can cause harm or pain to the dog. The opposite from that assumption is true, the implantation of a microchip is a very simple procedure and it can only cause a slight discomfort that can be treated with a low dose pain reliever, if necessary. In most cases, pain relievers are not necessary, as this procedure is nothing as severe as a spay or neuter procedure.
Statistically, one in three pets will become lost at some point during their life. Thanks to microchipping, the return-to-owner rate for microchipped dogs was over 52 percent (a 238 percent increase) just this past year.
Remember, it is imperative to keep your contact information! You can access and manage your pet’s microchip information here: http://www.petaddress.com.au using your pet’s microchip number.
“The estimated cost to implant and register a microchip ranges from about $25 to $75. However, VIP Petcare charges only $19, with free lifetime registration.”. Please find your nearest VIP Petcare Clinic here: https://www.vippetcare.com/find-a-clinic/
“Pet Microchipping For Dogs & Cats | Mobile Vet Clinic | VIP Petcare”. VIP Petcare, 2019, https://www.vippetcare.com/services-pricing/microchipping/.
“Why Microchip Your Pet? | Petfinder”. Petfinder, 2019, https://www.petfinder.com/dogs/lost-and-found-dogs/why-microchip/.
Animals, Companion et al. “Why Is It Important To Ensure My Pet Is Microchipped? – RSPCA Knowledgebase”. Kb.Rspca.Org.Au, 2019, https://kb.rspca.org.au/Why-is-it-important-to-ensure-my-pet-is-microchipped_500.html.
Author: Paige Lukosavich
Last updated: January 11, 2019
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