Nearly one out of every three pets will be lost at least once during their lifetimes. Microchips are an inexpensive, simple and effective way to keep your pet safe, as they increase the chances that your pet will be returned to you if they wander from home. Microchips serve as an invisible pet identification method, and they have helped reunite thousands of pets with their families. Nearly 8 million animals wind up in animal shelters each year hoping for a forever home, facing the risk of euthanasia if they are not adopted. In the event that your pet becomes lost, microchipping removes that uncertainty: your pet’s unique identifying number is kept in a national database, and a simple scan of the chip, which is no larger than a grain of rice, helps authorities locate owners.
Most pets, when found, do not have their collars or tags, so if they are not microchipped, it can be nearly impossible to find their owners. Microchips do not come off or get lost, and they make it easy for lost pets to find their homes.
Natick Animal Clinic recommends microchipping your dog or cat today.