Microchips are a permanent form of identification for pets that can significantly increase the chance of reuniting a lost pet with their owner. However, they’re only effective if the registered information is accurate. At East Longmeadow Animal Hospital, we’d like to share with you why microchips are a safe and effective choice when it comes to pet identification.
Benefits of microchipping your pet
A microchip is the only permanent identification form that can reunite you with your beloved pet. Unlike collars and ID tags, which can break or become worn and illegible, a microchip will last for the life of your pet. In addition, a microchip does not share personal information with anyone who finds your furry pal. When scanned, a chip emits only a unique identification number, which is then used for identifying your pet with the microchip company. Rather than giving the Good Samaritan your contact info, the microchip company notifies you personally that your missing pet has been found.
Other key benefits of microchipping include:
- Sedation is not necessary — There is no need for sedation or general anesthesia for microchip insertion; however, we can microchip your pet during a surgical procedure to ensure the process is entirely pain-free.
- It’s quick and easy — Microchip insertion is quick and easy—most pets don’t notice it any more than a vaccination.
- It’s really small — A microchip is tiny—about the size of a grain of rice. It won’t bother you or your pet, but it could provide the only link for a happy reunion.
- It can be smart — Microchip smart products can help your pet stick to their diet and prevent stray animals from coming in through your doggie door.
Contact us if you have any questions or concerns about microchipping your furry friend.