May is National Microchip Your Pet Month. And chances are if you’re a pet owner then you have probably heard about microchipping. This method of identification is different than your usual ID collars and pet tags. Microchip implants are an integrated circuit that is placed under the skin of your pet to help ID them in case they are lost.
Why you should microchip your pets:
Collars & tags can get lost
Although collars and tags are very important, they can easily slip or fall off. When your pet is scared, they can hide snag their collars in tons of places. This could leave your pet wandering the street while their tags are stuck in a bush or under a deck. However, microchips are much more permanent, it’s usually about the size of a grain of rice and will help vet anywhere identify your pet. This makes sure your pet will always be able to be ID’d in case of separation.
Another great benefit is most registries offer additional services when you chip your pet. When we got our cats chipped we started getting lost pet alerts and would be able to put our pets on these lists as well. If your pet is missing they send it to your neighbors, local animal shelters & veterinarians to help locate your loved on. You also can get 24/7 emergency medical hotlines, travel assistance for pets found far away and access to specialists that can help with lost pets.
Preventing Strays & Deterring Crimes
Some communities are actually considering making microchipping mandatory for registered ownership. While this may seem a bit drastic, it is actually very beneficial. Unfortunately, a lot of stray animals weren’t born on the streets but abandoned. Having a pet chipped may help owners think twice about leaving them behind when they move or feel the pet no longer “fits” in their life. Plus, it can help deter criminals from abducting pets as well.
Whether it’s reuniting a precious pet with their family, having assistance in a time of need or preventing criminals that prey on innocent animals, microchips help. If you’re interested, check out this list of where you can get your pet chipped in and around the Elk Grove area. And don’t hesitate to call us for a vet recommendation!