Should you microchip your pets?

If you have a pet you probably at one point thought or questioned about what you would do if they ran away or if they would get lost. Maybe you have already gone through the experience that your beloved fur-baby went missing. Certainly, it is a scary thing for all pet-owners and nobody wishes to go through that. But if you are still anxious about that idea and keep thinking about what if it will still happen at one point? What would you do to find your pet again? Well, you might want to consider microchipping your pet then.

Microchipping Pets… What is it?

Most people are probably already familiar with the process of implanting a microchip to their pets. The chip itself is very tiny. It is about the size of a grain of rice. It is linked to an identification number which can be usually scanned by a veterinarian, and sometimes also in shelters. The procedure is very simple actually. In the case of cats and dogs, the microchip is injected with the help of syringe and usually is placed under the skin between the shoulder plates. It only takes a few seconds and it’s just like getting a vaccine shot, but hurts a little more since the needle is, of course, thicker. After microchipping your pet it is very crucial to register the chip with a unique ID number which will also be linked to your personal contact information.

Do not confuse it with a GPS Tracker! It isn’t

Some people have this notion that a microchipped cat or dog can be tracked on a device, for example their mobile phone. But that is not the case at all and it actually works a bit differently. As mentioned above, the chip is linked to a specific ID which gives access to your personal data when it is scanned. The idea of these microchips is that if your furry friend goes missing and is found by someone, they can bring them to a vet’s office or shelter to check if they are chipped. If so, they can retrieve your information and contact you that your pet was found. So make sure and double check everything is correct when you register your pet!

Are there any side effects?

Almost anything can have side effects and even microchipping does have a few. But don’t worry… they are extremely rare fortunately. One problem could be that the chip may eventually dislocate from the injected point, or that a kind of nodule appears in the location. However, usually this should not happen. So it is important to make sure you get your pet microchipped by a trusted vet.

Do you think that microchipping pets makes sense? Would you have a chip implanted to your pet? Or did you already microchip them? Please comment your thoughts about this procedure or share your experience!