Up to 8 million animals end up in shelters every year and only 15-20% of dogs and less than 2% of cats are ever reclaimed by their owners. One of the ways to increase the chances of finding your lost pet is by having it microchipped.1 In addition to other important and fun celebrations May is Chip Your Pet Month. Have you considered getting your pet chipped?
There are many reasons why you should chip your pet. The first is obvious: to help find your pet if they ever become lost. About 10 million pets go missing or are stolen each year, according to the American Humane Association. Why are some people nervous to get their pets microchipped?
Here are a few facts about getting your pets microchipped that could help you find your pet if they ever go missing:
- It doesn’t hurt like you think it might. Talk to your veterinarian about the simple procedure for getting your pet microchipped. They will tell you about successes and possible risks associated with the process.
- It could help save their life. Microchipped pets get returned more frequently than pets without them.
- You’ll feel more at ease. There’s just something about knowing for sure that if your pet gets lost they will be able to find you.
- Help your pet find their way home. One in three pets will become lost at some point during their lifetime and they might not be able to make it back. If you have your pet microchipped, you it will take some of the worry about this away.
- Microchipping your pet can help you avoid heartbreak. Can you imagine losing your pet permanently? Your pet will eventually face old age and pass away, but there’s a terrible feeling when you know a missing companion is lost.
Is your pet microchipped? What made you want to do it? Did you have any reservations about the process? Join the conversation and let us know how to offer words of encouragement to those on the fence about getting it done. It could be exactly what your pet needs.
1 According to WebMD, http://pets.webmd.com/features/microchipping-your-dog-or-cat#1