Six Reasons Why Microchipping Is a No-Brainer

 

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May is National Microchipping Month. You may have some questions about microchipping your pet. It is safe? Can I afford it? Does it really work? The answers are YES!

Sure, we can understand hesitation. No one really enjoys injections. But this easy decision could be one of the best decisions you make for your pet.

The process is simple. Your pet is injected with a microchip at a clinic. The microchip is registered with your information and placed into a database. Vet clinics and shelters have devices that scan the chips when they come in and out of their facilities.

Though there are many reasons why you should pick up the phone and make an appointment now, we have narrowed down the top six:

  1. Fact: One in every three pets will get lost at some point in their lifetime. Even the most responsible “parents” are not immune to accidents. What’s more shocking is only 10 percent of those lacking microchips are actually reunited with their owners. The key is to be reunited with our pets as quickly as possible. In addition to distributing flyers and checking your local shelter, this is a fantastic tool for helping to find your lost pet.
  2. Local shelters do great work but don’t always have the space to keep all the lost animals in their community. If a lost pet stays in the shelter for too long, it could be euthanized. If your pet is lost and finds itself in a shelter, they will scan your pet for a microchip. If they find one, they’ll find you.
  3. It is quick and relatively painless to insert. It is much like any other vaccine your pet receives and requires just a few seconds of time to inject. It is placed behind their shoulders and often cannot even be felt by hand because it is no bigger than a grain of rice.
  4. It only costs $20 at OK Humane Place (6002 S. Western Ave.in Oklahoma City). Microchipping isn’t free, but it won’t break the bank either. For the price of a few morning coffees, your pet is registered in a national database and you can have peace of mind. You can schedule your appointment by calling (405)947-7729 or emailing clinic@okhumane.org today!
  5. The chip is permanent. No more worrying about a collar falling off or a tag being removed. Your chip isn’t going anywhere! The chips also don’t require batteries or power source. But, don’t worry. The chip is made out of an inert, biocompatible substance, which means it won’t cause an allergic reaction in your pet, and it won’t degrade over time.
  6. You don’t need a new chip every time you move. Each chip company gives information on how to change your address online, which is even important after the first injection. It is always best to be sure your information is up-to-date!