May is CHIP YOUR PET MONTH!
This is an excellent opportunity to microchip your pets.. What better way to show your pets the love they deserve by knowing their whereabouts at all times. Are you skeptical about this decision? Here’s some information to help sway you in the right direction.
Firstly, you need to know a microchip is a compact unit of computer circuitry made from silicon at a very small scale. They are tiny, about the size of a large grain of rice, and are passive and almost rarely bring harm to any living creature. They are used as a form of permanent identification and are injected between the shoulder blades of your pet, so they won’t feel a thing.
But should I really get my pet microchipped? Well here are a few pros to why you SHOULD get Fluffy or Cottontail microchipped.
1. The ID cannot be tampered with easily: Say that Fluffy runs away from home and cannot find their way back. He stumbles across someone who desperately wants a border collie that matches Fluffy’s description. The blue-collar around his neck won’t stand a chance against the thief’s temptations and cunning wit to just pick him up and rip it off.
With the microchip, all of this can be avoided by simply inserting the microchip into Fluffy’s shoulder. Now the thief won’t be able to just pick him up and rip off the chip, now right? You can just report fluffy missing with a detailed description, search your neighborhood area and find your pet’s ID number on your phone. It’s as easy as that!
2. They are long-lasting: Inexpensive pet collars wear out after 6 months of use even when being very careful. A microchip could, however, last for far longer. Your pet could go through its entire lifetime without having to change their microchips due to it being “worn out.”
Is there really all there is to this microchip business? Well there are a few downsides to microchipping your pets, such as:
1. Pet Microchips are not for tracking: A microchip is not a GPS tracker, so you won’t be able to know the exact location, at an exact time, of your pet. Microchips are Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags, meaning they transmit a responding signal that can only be used for identification of your pet.
2. Pet Microchips can move: This point is self-explanatory. Although it is very rare, the chip can get knocked out of place for any unknown reason and can advance to another location. As painful as a foreign object moving from one place to another in one’s body may sound, it does not pose any threat to your pet. However, it can be a cause for trouble when scanning your pet to identify it to be belonging to you. This is why it is important to scan your pet when going in for their routine checkup.
Fifty to ninety percent of pets run away from home and get lost. This is why it is important to keep track of your pets’ whereabouts frequently. It costs almost close to nothing to get your pet microchipped. For the mere price of $40 to $50 you could get this hassle-free procedure done. However, it is always up to you as your pet’s owner to decide what is the best course of action to ensure the safety of your pet.