June is national microchipping month here in the UK, so what better time to talk about its advantages than now?!
Microchipping is one of the most effective ways of protecting your dog or cat in the event that they are lost or stolen. Thousands of pets are reported missing every year and a large proportion of those are never reunited with their rightful owner. The main reason for them not making it back home is the inability to trace their family.
Whilst it is a legal requirement that all dogs in the UK be microchipped, this isn’t yet the case for cats. Here we take a look at all the benefits and explain why we think you should definitely get your pets, cat and dog alike, microchipped.
What is a Microchip?
Microchips are tiny devices that are implanted just below the pet’s skin, usually by your Vet. It is a very simple procedure, similar to a vaccination that needs no anaesthesia or special treatment. The microchip carries all the important information needed to trace you, the owner, should your cat or dog lose their way.
These microchips can then be read by a handheld device that will display the owners information. Most veterinarians and animal shelters will have one of these devices, so the chip can be read and the owner contacted if the pet is lost.
The Benefits of Microchipping your Pet
A microchip can’t be lost - Whilst an ID tag on a collar is useful, these can be lost or break off quite easily. Some indoor pets may not even wear a collar, in which case a microchip is an ideal way of ensuring your pet is traceable.
A microchip offers definitive proof - If your cat or dog is stolen, the microchip offers definitive proof of ownership. A collar can easily be swapped, but a microchip can’t be removed.
Microchips have been proven to increase the likelihood of your lost pet being returned - Whilst findings vary slightly from study to study, the overall findings are the same. Microchipped pets are much more likely to be returned to their owners than none-microchipped pets. Some studies find that the chances are increased by as much 50%.
Some Chips now come with added capabilities - Some chips come with the ability to program them to a pet door flap so only your pets can come and go. This is really handy to stop strange animals from accessing your house.
So what are you waiting for?! If you haven’t already got your pet microchipped, then we’d strongly suggest doing so. It is a legal requirement that all dogs over the age of 8 weeks are microchipped and looks likely that similar laws will come into place for cats too.