Even tough responsible pet owners protect their pets with collars and ID tags, pets can still get lost, as collars and tags can break or fall off. Losing your furry friend can be a very traumatic event. To prevent any stressful situation, owners have a safer option: microchip their furry friends.
Microchips are implantable computer chips that encode a unique identification number, in order to help reunite you with your lost pet. They are very small and they are easily placed under your pet’s skin with a special needle and syringe, similarly to a vaccine. Microchips work by receiving a radio signal from a scanner and transmitting the encoded chip identification number back to the scanner. When the scanner is used, the number encoded can be identified. If the owner registered the microchip with the manufacturer, this number will provide a link to their contact information which increases the chances that your pet will be reunited with you. Microchips can be implanted when pets are as young as 8 weeks, being designed to last for around 25 years.
Research supports that microchipped pets are more likely to be returned to their owners, as the identification process is quite simple. One study conducted by Ohio State University reported that cats with microchips were 20 times more likely to be returned home than cats without a microchip. Microchipped dogs were 2.5 times more likely to be returned home, when compared with those without this protection.
In relation to the cost, the average price for implantation and registration of a microchip is about 45 dollars. You can purchase the kit yourself and, when you bring your friend to his annual check-up, the vet can implant it, which may reduce the cost of an exclusive visit for the implant.
Remember that, in order for a microchip to work, you need to register it and keep your contact information updated, listing emergency contacts.