Safeguard against separation
One of the most effective things you can do to increase your chance of being reunited with your lost pets is to get them microchipped. Microchipping is a common service we perform here at St. Louis Veterinary Center, and we recommend it to everyone who has a dog or cat.
Microchipping Your Furry Animals Make a Big Difference
Getting your pets microchipped is the single most important thing you can do to increase their odds of coming home again if they ever get lost. Studies have found that microchipped dogs are 2.5 times more likely to be reunited with their owners than dogs that have not been chipped, and cats are 20 times more likely to make it home again. Microchipping works, and getting your pet microchipped is such a simple procedure that there’s no reason for any pet parent to skip it.
You might be wondering if collars and ID tags are a good enough replacement for microchipping. While ID tags are great in their own right, they can break, fall off, or become illegible over time. On the other hand, a microchip can’t be removed and will work for the duration of your pet’s lifetime. As far as reliability goes, microchipping can’t be beaten.
How Do I Get My Pets Microchipped?
Our veterinarians can microchip your pets quickly and easily. The procedure is similar to giving your pets a vaccine. The vet will use a needle and syringe to insert a tiny microchip under your pets’ skin between their shoulder blades. No anesthesia is required for the procedure. Once the chip is in place, it will remain functional for many years to come.
Your pets’ microchips can be read with a special scanner. Every animal hospital and shelter has one of these scanners. Once scanned, the chip returns a number that is linked to your personal information in a database. It is very important that you keep your personal information up-to-date so that a shelter can contact you if they find your pets. Your vet can tell you how to keep your information updated.