Summer is here, which means beach vacations, trips to your local park, plus fireworks and more! While each of these activities are fun for the family, they can put your pet at risk for getting lost. Did you know one in three pets become lost at some point in their lives? No one wants to deal with the stress and heartache of losing a beloved pet, which is why June is National Microchipping Month.
What is microchipping?
Microchipping is a fast and safe procedure where your veterinarian injects a microchip just beneath the surface of your pet’s skin. No larger than a grain of rice, a microchip contains a unique ID code for your cat or dog, which can be red by a microchip scanner. The process does not require anesthesia and is virtually painless, like a normal shot. Once your pet is microchipped, your local vet can register your pet in a microchip database, along with your current contact information. By microchipping your pet, you can ensure that any vet clinic, rescue center or community animal control center can easily identify your pet in case they get lost.
Of all pets lost, 25% of cats and 7% of dogs are never found, which is why it’s so important to microchip your pet. Collars and tags can often go missing, but a microchip provided consistent peace-of-mind.