Why It's a Great Idea to Have Your Pet Microchipped
More pet owners than ever before are having their pets microchipped. The microchip is a tiny computer chip that is implanted under your pet's skin containing a registration number that is associated with your contact information. If you have been thinking about it but aren't sure if it is necessary, you should first know all of the benefits of microchipping. At Carol Stream Animal Hospital, our veterinary team can microchip your pet to ease your worries.
Identifying Your Lost Pet
If your pet gets lost, the microchip can help them be returned to you safely. According to the American Humane Society, over 10 million dogs and cats go missing each year. If someone finds your pet and brings them to the shelter or to a veterinarian, their chip can be read, and you can be reunited quickly.
More Effective than Tags
Many people put tags on their pets. They often include their name, address, and phone number on the tag. Unfortunately, tags aren't always reliable. If your pet gets outside and their collar gets caught on a branch, it will fall off along with the tag. Also, over time, the information on the tag can wear off. If the person who found your pet cannot read your contact information, it will be difficult for your pet to be returned to you.
Proving that Your Pet is Your Pet
If your pet is stolen and you find out who took them, it can be difficult to prove that they are actually yours. If your pet is microchipped, a simple scan will prove that you are their true owner.
Microchips Last a Lifetime
One great thing about microchips is that they last a lifetime. You won't need to worry about having the chip replaced every few years. If you move or if you change your phone number, the chip can remain in your pet. The vet would simply change the contact information associated with your pet's registration number.
Our Veterinary Team Provides Microchipping Services
If you want to have peace of mind that your pet will come home if lost, you should make an appointment with Carol Stream Animal Hospital to have them microchipped by calling (630) 462-7888. Our veterinarians treat patients in Carol Stream, Wheaton, West Chicago, and Lombard. The cost for the chip is relatively inexpensive, and since you cannot put a price tag on peace of mind, it is well worth the cost.