Reasons to Put a Microchip in Dogs and Cats

The joy of bringing a pet home and making it a part of our lives is overwhelming. These little furry creatures become such an important part of our lives that soon, we cannot imagine a day without them. Those priceless cuddles, those loving eyes, and the joy they feel to see you after a few hours, watching them waiting for you at the door when you come back from work makes you forget all the bad moments.  But then, one fine day, you stand at the gate waiting for them to greet you but it doesn’t happen. They go missing. Suddenly your world seems to fall apart because that tiny creature was a piece of your heart! What would you do then? Put banners across the streets, call and ask every one, run a social media campaign to find it. Every minute that passes feels unbearable. What if you can get a hold of them within a few minutes without having to print hundreds of banners and without spending a full day phone calling every other person and saying same thing over and over again? This was very much possible if you had inserted a microchip in your pet.

What is a Microchip?

Microchip is a small device, that’s a set of integrated circuits in a small semiconductor material. This small chip carries all the information of your pet and is permanent. It is used as a source of electronic identification of your pet. The chip is inserted under the pet’s skin around his neck usually. The method of inserting the chip is pain free, though the pet may feel a little discomfort but overall it’s a very quick and simple process and the pain disappears instantly.

Each chip carries a number that can be scanned with a microchip scanner. And each microchip needs to be registered with the microchip registry database. The registration process may or may not be free depending on the country and location. Also, while registering microchip owners need to make sure that the updated contact information is provided. In case of change in address or contact details, the organization must be contacted and new information must be provided. Some registries provide all the assistance online to make it a hassle free process.

Importance of Microchip:

Dr. Ashlee Redmond, every time she talks to her clients about microchips she always sets the example of the same story. In 2007 there was fire in San Diego that destroyed more than 500,000 acres of properties and more than one million people were evacuated from their homes. Many people lost their animals or had to leave them behind.

A woman appeared in the hospital where Dr. Redmond works with a Chihuahua that had appeared at her two weeks after the fires ended. She lived more than 24 kilometers away from the areas where the fire had occurred so she realized that the little Chihuahua had come a long way. After being examined, it was verified that he was dehydrated and very thin, besides he had burns in all the pads of his paws.

The dog was scanned if it had any microchipso the relatives of the dog could be located and yes it did have a microchip. Once the relatives were located they proceeded to give antibiotics and medicines to relieve the pain. After a while the relatives arrived to recover ‘Peanut’ and explained that; on the day the fire occurred, their house was wrapped in fire and peanut hid somewhere and they lost sight of him. They were forced to leave him behind.  They explained that the feelings of guilt for having left him behind had now turned into happiness.

When discussing the importance of the microchip, veterinarians share such stories with people who have dogs and cats to convince them to get one.

Hence you can save your pet from joining the loss or theft statistics. If your pet is lost, he or she can be easily identified with a microchip. As in the case of Peanut, pets can often meet with their owners within hours after a tragedy occurs. Not only tragedies, pets can go unnoticed any moment. Vacations can be chaotic pets can be lost in the hustle and bustle of the new city. And not just that, it is possible to lose him while you are still at home and forget to keep the door closed. Especially when some pizza delivery guy arrives and the person who receives it may forget to close the door in excitement. Or when you are too excited to pack for vacations that you forget to notice where the pet is.

Procedure: The procedure is fast and pain free. Bringing pets to put the microchip is quick and easy as the chip can be inserted in any regular visit. The chip is a Permanent Warranty; unlike the labels placed on collars that are easy to remove, in case of theft microchips are impossible to take out of the animal, which makes it a safe and permanent alternative that gives you an opportunity bring your cats and dogs back home after any incident.

Recommended Microchips:

We are listing some of the microchips below for your convenience:

1. Manruta microchip: The pack of five includes animal ID chips, syringes, glass tags, stainless steel tags as gifts and five packs of microchip tags. The size of this chip is 12X12mm, hence this chip can only be used with bigger animals like horse, cow, sheep, big dogs etc. the chip will last as long as your pet is alive.

2. HomeAgain 134 kHz 15 digit Universal WorldChip: this chip is also very convenient to use but this is not registered already so you will to register it first. It comes with a pet ID Tag, enrollment form and a preloaded syringe. In comparison with other brands available, this one is reasonably priced.

How to register the pet: to register a pet, you need to contact the local microchip database registry. You will be able to find one easily in your area otherwise you can contact the local council for more information. Also, in some cities, the local council organizes the pet-registry days for the convenience of citizens. If your city council doesn’t offer any such services, you can suggest this in next council meeting. Or you can even organize one by collaborating with the registry office.

Pet registry online: If you are looking for an online registry, you can register your pet at BuddyID. Its US based microchip registration and an official member of Pet Microchip Lookup System!  All the registered pets can be searched in national databases too since the registry works hand in hand with American Animal Hospital Association.