These days, it’s rare to adopt a pet who hasn’t already been microchipped (as well as spayed or neutered). That’s because veterinary personnel and others in the animal caregiving professions understand the importance of this permanent form of identification.

Each year, hundreds of thousands of pets enter the shelter system in the United States, many of whom have gone missing from loving homes. Pet microchipping can make all the difference between reuniting a lost pet with their family and permanent separation.

It’s All in the Stats

A study of animal shelters found that over 52% of microchipped dogs who ended up in shelters were reunited with their families in comparison to only 22% who weren’t microchipped. Similarly, 38% of microchipped cats found their way back home in comparison to only 2% of non-microchipped cats.

The Importance of Pet Microchipping

It’s easy for an animal to become lost or displaced during times of upheaval, such as during a move, traveling, or during a hurricane or other natural disaster. Having an emergency plan in place is critical when it comes to protecting your pet, and microchipping is an important element of that plan.

All dogs and cats should be outfitted with a collar and ID tag, but these can easily become damaged or lost, especially during a natural disaster. Pet microchipping is a permanent form of identification that can be detected by any veterinary employee or shelter worker. Once the microchip is scanned, you can be contacted regarding your pet’s whereabouts.

A Little (but Important) Reminder

As wonderful as pet microchipping can be, it’s important to remember that the chip is only as good as the information it contains. It’s critical to register the chip with your current contact information as soon as your pet undergoes the procedure. Also remember to update the microchip anytime you move or change your phone number. This can be done using the paperwork provided during the initial procedure or through the Home Again microchipping company website.

It’s a good idea to have your pet’s microchip scanned periodically to ensure it still works properly. We’re happy to do this during your pet’s next wellness exam.

For additional questions about pet microchipping, please don’t hesitate to contact the staff at Stone Ridge Veterinary Medical Center.