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Posted on 04-20-2017

Microchips for pet identification have become increasingly popular. Almost every rescue and shelter routinely microchips pets before they are adopted out to a family. What is a microchip? Here is a more detailed explanation of what they are and how they work: Pet Microchips.

Microchipping wasn’t a priority when I got my first dog. It seemed as though it was an extra expense to prevent an unlikely scenario. However, my family moved a lot when I was young and although we always had ID tags on our dog’s collar, the information was usually out of date. Not only is there a chance that the information isn’t current, but your pet’s collar could easily be lost or broken. A microchip is literally INSIDE of your pet and can’t be removed by accident or on purpose if your pet were to get out. Following an experience where our dog had gotten lost, I made sure to promptly have him microchipped  (fortunately he was returned to us in spite of an incorrect phone number).

Do Indoor Pets Need Microchips

The pets that are in most need of a microchip, but rarely have one, are indoor cats. Cats who aren’t used to going outside are much more likely to become lost and not be able to find their way back home. I have had microchips placed in both of my cats, and they also wear collars with ID tags.

Still Not Convinced?

Check out these cool microchip success stories of pets being returned to their owners!

When Microchips Work

Home Again: Found Pets

Microchip Statistics – This article reports that over 52% of dogs who are microchipped are returned home(compared to 21% without), and 38% of cats with microchipped are returned home (compared to 1.8% without). 

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