It is estimated that 1 in 3 pets will become lost at least once in their lifetime. Of these pets, only 2 percent of cats and 22 percent of dogs were returned to their owners. However, when a lost pet is implanted with a microchip, these numbers increased to 38 and 52 percent, respectively. As these statistics indicate, microchipping your pet greatly increases their chances of being returned home. We here at Heritage Animal Hospital would like to take this time to explain what a microchip is and how it can help you and your pets.
What’s a Microchip?
A microchip is an implantable transponder used to locate a lost pet’s owner. It does this by containing a unique number that can be entered into the computer to identify owner-approved contact information. These unique numbers can be accessed only by veterinary clinics and shelters, which ensures owner privacy. It also provides easy, public locations for good Samaritans to bring pet owners’ four-legged friends when they are lost.
Microchips are self powered and, therefore, do not require batteries or charging. They will last the duration of your pet’s life with no need for replacement. Overall, microchips are an effective, low-maintenance way to help ensure your pet will be returned home, should they ever go on a short adventure without you.
How to Get Your Pet Microchipped
We here at Heritage Animal Hospital are happy to announce that we provide microchip placement services for interested owners. Microchips are inserted via an injection, and registration is completed at our facility for your convenience. Please call us today at (314) 878-8454 and get your furry family members microchipped.