According to a study from the American Veterinary Medical Association, microchipped dogs found as strays are returned to their owners 52.2% of the time. This number is 21.9% for non- microchipped dogs.
For cats, only 1.8% of non-microchipped cats are returned to their owners. For microchipped cats,they get returned to their owners 38.5% of the time.
So what is a microchip?
The microchip is a small, electronic chip in a glass container. When a scanner is run over the area where the microchip is placed a number appears. This number is linked to your pet and you.
How is the microchip placed?
The microchip comes in a needle that is inserted under the skin, generally between the shoulders. This can be done during a normal vet visit, but it can also be done while your pet is getting spayed or neutered.
What happens if my pet gets lost?
If your pet is found as a stray and taken into a shelter or vet, your pet will be scanned for a microchip. They will then look up the microchip number and contact you with the contract information you provide.
What can you do to maximize your chances of being reunited with your pet?
- Talk to your vet about getting your pet microchipped.
- Keep your contact information current, with multiple phone numbers that are current.
- Set a back up contact,this can be a friend or family member who will be contacted if you cannot be reached.
- Have your vet check that your pets microchip is in place, there is the (very small) possibility that it may have moved, once a year.
Fun Fact: August 15th is Check The Chip Day
So this upcoming month, consider getting your pet microchipped or checking that your information is current.