Registered microchips give lost pets the best chance of returning home. Up to 8 million animals end up in shelters every year. Unfortunately, only 15-20% of dogs and less than 2% of cats are ever reclaimed by their owners. One of the ways to increase the chances of finding your lost pet is having it microchipped.
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Although it is helpful to put ID tags on their collar, tags are often generally removed immediately when pets are stolen. If this should happen, microchipping may be the only way for you to prove that it is your pet. Microchipping significantly increases the chances of your furry family member being returned if lost. Unlike an ID tag, a microchip can’t get lost. Some microchip companies also offer pet alerts which send information to local shelters, citizens and veterinarians about lost or stolen pets.
Placing a microchip in pets is completely harmless and it doesn’t hurt any more than when your pet has a routine vaccination. Implanting a microchip doesn’t require anesthetic. The microchip is preloaded in a sterile applicator, which is injected under the loose skin, generally between the shoulder blades. Microchipping your pet is a quick, outpatient procedure that is completely harmless and will significantly increase the chance of them being returned should they be lost or stolen.
A microchip can be implanted by your veterinarian during a routine veterinary office visit. If your pet is already scheduled for a procedure, such as spaying or neutering, they will already be scheduled for anesthesia. If you are concerned about the possibility of pain or discomfort, talk to your vet about having the microchip installed while they are having another type of procedure.
Microchipping and registration with secondary contacts is $50 at Best Friends Veterinary Hospital in Crossville and Cookeville. The fee is reduced if microchipping is done during an exam or surgery.