We live in a technologically advanced world in this time period. This is great for all kinds of things: environmentalists, parents, and pet owners. As pet owners, we want peace of mind and convenience when it comes to the safety of our babies. One of our newer options is microchipping. You’ve probably heard of microchipping, but maybe you have some unanswered questions about it. We will discuss what microchipping is, the procedure, the benefits, and if it’s right for your pet.
What microchipping is?
If you’ve had pets for a while, you’ve probably experienced one running away and maybe not returning. It’s our worst nightmare as pet owners, but microchipping can be a solution to this problem. A microchip is placed under the skin of the pet with a unique radio-frequency ID number that can be picked up with a scanner. It has to be registered with a national pet recovery database, though. And although it sounds and is sometimes mistaken for a GPS device, it is not. It won’t tell you where your pet is, but it is a way for you to be contacted by veterinarians or shelters if your animal is found. GPS collars or tags can be beneficial but can be lost, unlike this permanent microchip for dogpeer.com.au.
What is the procedure for microchipping?
Microchipping is a fairly quick and easy procedure. As mentioned before, it’s simple a needle containing the microchip being inserted under the skin of a pet. It can be done to nearly all pets, including dogs, cats, horses, and more. It’s offered by most veterinarians, shelters, and there are even local events in a lot of cities that offer reduced vaccinations and microchipping. Microchipping is usually around $50, but sometimes can be less. It’s also not as scary as it may sound at first. The entire process only times a few seconds, like any other injection. The needle is large and intimidating, but it only hurts as much as having blood drawn. Some people prefer to do this procedure while their pet is being spayed or neutered. If the pet is already spayed or neutered, the procedure is nothing to be scared of by itself. It simply feels like a pinch, like any other shot. Some have said that their pet didn’t even flinch during the procedure, which indicates it really is painless.
What are the benefits?
There are some things to be aware of when microchipping your pet. There are possible complications in some cases, although they are extremely rare. There is a very low risk of tumors developing at the site of the microchip, but these risks have to be weighed with the risk of losing the pet altogether. Overall, there are a lot more benefits to microchipping. Microchips never need to be replaced and can never be tampered with. Your personal information is always safe, but you should remember to keep it up to date at all times. The fear of accidentally losing your pet too soon is a real and serious concern to a lot of pet owners. It’s not a required procedure, but it is recommended by most veterinarians. Since the start of this advancement, it has lowered the number of animals in shelters. This has also reduced the stress of animals in shelters. Besides microchips not containing GPS and the incredibly low chance of complications, there are no real disadvantages to getting this procedure done on your pet. You have to weigh the pros and cons for yourself, though.
So is microchipping right for you?
We might think our pets are safe, but every pet enjoys the outside. Whether they accidentally get out of their area or anything else unexpected happens, at least you could have the peace of mind knowing they have cannot lose this microchip that connects them with you. Of course, getting a GPS collar or tag may also be beneficial. However, if for whatever reason that was to get lost, this is a safe and fail-proof option. And for the benefits, the cost is very cheap. Any reasonable person would want to think over this decision since there is a very small chance of complications. This is entirely understandable; however, if you’re pet is already an escape artist and tends to get outside causing you some serious panic attacks, we would definitely recommend getting this procedure done sooner than later.
We hope this guide to microchipping has informed you more about what microchipping is, the procedure, the benefits, and if it’s right for you. It’s no secret that our fur babies are just as a part of our family as the people who are close to us. These furry friends come into our lives, and we want to make every second count with them. If this safe and reliable option is something that interests you, we highly recommend contacting your veterinarian as soon as possible. Any questions you have would be easily answered by the veterinarian. Stay safe and keep those fur babies safe as well!