This post shares the reasons why I microchipped my dog and answers questions many pet owners may have about the process.
This week, I took my 7-month-old pup to the vet for a microchip. It was easy, inexpensive, and according to my vet, a smart thing to do. He says that lost pets are routinely brought to his office for scanning, and those that are microchipped are easily reunited with their owners. Most vet clinics and animal shelters have scanners.
If you have a beloved pet and can’t bear the thought of losing him or her, microchipping is really a no brainer. The fact is that pets can and often do get lost, but there is a 250% increase in reuniting microchipped dogs with their owners (and a 20% increase for cats).
Our vet, Dr. Strickland at Inverness Animal Clinic, uses PetLink, a national pet registration & recovery service. Info on PetLink is below.
Facts About PetLink Microchipping
- It is quick. I was in and out of the vet’s office in less than 10 minutes.
- It is relatively painless. It is just like an ordinary injection and takes only seconds.
- It is inexpensive. $60 was all that I paid for entire visit, which included the microchip, ID card, PetLink collar tag, and paperwork.
- It is permanent. No need to ever do the process again. The microchip can’t be removed or fall off once implanted.
- It provides lifetime registration with no monthly or renewal fees.
- It provides 24/7/365 access to the PetLink Recovery Hotline.
- It provides free lost pet posters with photos. In the event your pet is lost, these could help expedite the process of finding him or her.
A microchipped pet has a rice-sized chip permanently implanted between the shoulder blades. A lost pet can be scanned to determine its ID number, which will appear in the database and link the pet to its owner. After microchipping Cam, Dr. Strickland scanned him to make sure it worked. It did, as Cam’s number immediately showed up in the digital reader.
Dr. Strickland stresses the importance of completing online registration immediately after having a pet microchipped, as pets won’t appear in the registry otherwise. I went straight home and went to www.petlink.net to register Cam. He now has a little red disc on his collar that indicates he is microchipped.
Hopefully none of us will ever lose our sweet pets, but if so, microchipping offers a much better chance that we will find them.
If you have a story about being reunited with a lost pet, share with us in the comments section! Thanks so much for stopping by! Be blessed, and stay savvy!!!