Being responsible for a pet can be tough, and as a parent we’re always looking for the best solutions to make it more convenient. That’s why gadgets like automatic feeders and pet cameras are becoming all the rage, and we’ve got something new to add that list. The Pet Microchip.
What is a pet microchip?
A pet microchip is a radio-frequency identification (RFID) implant that’s about the size of a grain of rice. Each microchip is linked to an online database where user information is held. This information can be accessed by simply scanning over the chip with a reader. Each chip comes with a unique identification code, and requires no battery or other power source to function.
How are pet microchips inserted?
Pet microchips are inserted into your pet’s body using a sterilized medical syringe and needle. Seeing that it is small in size, it should hurt no more than a regular vaccine. It is simply injected under the loose skin between your pet’s shoulder blades, and doesn’t even require any form of anesthetic to be carried out.
Although it is considered unconventional and many people have their doubts and worries about it, we can confirm that pet microchips are completely safe for your fur babies. That being said, we understand why you would need some reassuring. So to make it better, we’ve compiled a list of our top 3 reasons as to why you should microchip your pet.
1. It’s a permanent identification source
Seeing that your pets cannot communicate where they live or who their parents are, having an identification source can make the difference between a pet that comes home and one that does not.
The pet chip contains basic owner information- meaning that if someone were to find your pet on the road, all they would have to do is head over to the vet, get the chip scanned and read, and then reach out to you.
While collars do seem to serve this same purpose, they are often a temporary solution that is easily defeated by a set of determined teeth or fiddling nails. Seeing how susceptible they are to falling off or even being removed, they don’t contribute much to keeping your pets safe from getting lost or being stolen.
To make it even better, these chips have a long lifespan of about 20 years, and aren’t damaged easily- meaning it’s a one time expense and long-term solution.
2. They are easy to update
If you’re someone who shifts houses often, getting new tags for your pets is the last thing on your mind- which means your dog’s collar’s return-to address is probably a few streets further than it needs to be.
Unlike tags, pet chips don’t have a long complicated process to be updated. This information is not stored on an open database, and instead, must be accessed from a centralized platform with a one time password- meaning you don’t have to worry about it getting into the wrong hands.
3. Keeps track of vaccinations and treatments
We’ve all been in the situation where we’ve brought our pets to the vet, only to realize that we’ve forgotten their record books. While it is a simple mistake, one would certainly like to avoid feeling like a bad parent when you just can’t seem to remember whether your child has had all the vaccinations your vet keeps asking you about.
On the days you do remember to bring the record book, it seems almost impossible to find- disappearing when you need it most. Apart from that, keeping ONLY a physical copy of your pets’ records could prove to be risky, as they could easily be damaged or get lost.
However, with the pet chip you could avoid all of these unfortunate incidents, and simply scan your pet over with the chip reader to gain access to all their vaccination and treatment records. You’ll never have to feel bad again.
Microchipping is already quite popular in other countries like America, and is often a standard procedure that must be carried out for people who plan on relocating with their pets. This being the case, there are the testimonies of 1000s of pet owners who support microchipping and will vouch for its safety.
Overall, we understand that microchipping your pets can seem taboo, however, the procedure offers long-term benefits that eventually help make both yours and your pet’s life that much easier.
Do you have any more questions about pet microchipping? Send them our way- we’d be more than happy to clear your doubts!