Microchips: what are they, and why are they important?
We all dread our pets going missing or running away. Sadly, it happens sometimes. Collars and tags are important; however, they can fall off. That is why every pet should have a microchip!
A microchip is a device about the size of a grain of rice. It gets implanted into the skin between the shoulder blades of animals.
We use microchips to track our animals if they get lost. The microchip itself contains the information of the pet (name, breed) as well as your information. Shelters and veterinarians can look this information up by scanning the microchip and searching the number in a microchip database.
This helps make sure the owners of lost pets are identified. Microchips work worldwide and lasts a lifetime! There have been many cases of pets who have gone missing and were found in a whole different country!
So when is the best time to microchip your pet?
Some breeders or rescues will microchip pets before they are sold or adopted.
Photo courtesy of Jefferson Parish SPCA
If your pet isn’t microchipped, it is recommended that they get microchipped as young as possible for the safety of your animal and for your peace of mind.
Ask your parents if your pets are microchipped. If they are, ask them when was the last time they updated their chip information.