July is not only the month of barbecues and fireworks; it’s also National Lost Pet Prevention Month, a time when we are reminded of the importance of keeping our furry companions safe. We believe that one of the best ways to protect your beloved pets is through microchipping. What is Microchipping?

Microchipping involves inserting a tiny, rice-sized chip under your pet’s skin, typically between the shoulder blades. This chip contains a unique identification number that can be scanned by veterinarians, animal shelters, and animal control officers using a handheld scanner. This number is linked to your contact information in a national pet recovery database.

Why is Microchipping Important?

  1. Permanent Identification: Unlike collars and tags, which can fall off or become unreadable, a microchip is a permanent form of identification that stays with your pet for life.
  2. Increased Chance of Return: According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), pets with microchips are significantly more likely to be reunited with their owners if lost. In fact, a study showed that microchipped cats were over 20 times more likely to be returned to their homes than those without.
  3. Quick and Painless Procedure: Getting your pet microchipped is a simple procedure that can be done during a regular veterinary visit. It causes minimal discomfort, similar to a routine vaccination.
  4. Cost-Effective: Microchipping is a one-time investment with no recurring fees, unlike GPS collars or other tracking devices.
  5. Complements Collars and Tags: While collars and tags are important, they can be removed or damaged. A microchip provides an added layer of security, ensuring your pet can be identified even if they lose their collar.

Take Action Today!

Whether you have a new puppy or kitten or an adult pet who has never been chipped, it’s never too late to ensure their safety and your peace of mind.

Let’s work together to prevent lost pets and ensure that every pet has a safe and loving home.