If you own a dog or a cat, you may not have considered having them microchipped. Read on to find out two reasons you should have your pet microchipped.
1. Microchipping isn't painful
Some people worry that microchipping will be painful for their pet. However, the truth is while having the chip inserted may cause some discomfort, on the whole, microchipping is thought to be no more painful than a regular vaccination injection, and it will not cause any lasting pain to your pet cat or dog. In fact, the way a chip is inserted is very similar to the way a vaccination is administered. The tiny microchip is loaded into a special syringe, and a needle is attached. The needle is inserted beneath the skin between the shoulder blades, and the microchip is injected into the space between the muscle and the skin. The whole process only takes a few seconds, which helps to minimise any discomfort your pet may experience.
2. Microchipping makes it easier to find a lost pet
A major benefit of microchipping is that it allows a person who finds a stray animal to quickly identify it so it can be relocated with its owner. While you may believe that traditional metal tags worn on a collar can do this job, this method has some vulnerabilities. For example, a metal tag might break loose from the collar, leaving your pet with no ID. Secondly, there is a limited amount of information which can be placed on a small metal tag, so you may not be able to fit an address or all of your contact details. However, a microchip can be programmed to hold a vast amount of information about your pet such as:
By simply passing a scanner over the area where the chip is located, it will be possible for animal welfare officers to quickly read the info on the chip so they can identify your pet and make contact with you.
If you are interested in finding out more about the benefits of microchipping your pet, you should get in touch with a mobile veterinarian that offers this service. The professionals from the mobile clinic will be happy to let you know when they will be visiting your area to microchip pets.
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