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7 Benefits of Microchipping Pets for New Owners

Have you microchipped your pets?

Our beloved 4-legged friends aren’t only pets, they’re part of our family. We do anything to keep them safe, but many new owners don’t know the benefits of microchipping and may avoid it.

Read on for the benefits of microchipping pets for new owners.

How Microchips Work

The pet microchip goes under the skin between their shoulder blades.

Once implanted, your vet will note down the unique number and register your pet. This chip itself is readable with a special scanner.

So, if your pet gets lost, shelters or vets can scan the chip and locate you with your contact information. But they can only reunite you with your furry friend if you keep your details updated! So don’t forget.

The Benefits of Microchipping Your Pets

Microchipping is a simple, cheap, and effective process for your pet. A quick trip to the vets can bring a host of benefits. And it’ll give you peace of mind to know they’re traceable and safe.

1. More Secure Than a Regular Collar

The go-to for most new pet owners in to get their cat or dog a collar. It will have a tag with their name, your contact details, and addresses.

As great as this is, they have their flaws and are a little outdated. For one, they can break, fall off, and get lost. Over time, the details on the tag can fade and wear away until they’re unreadable.

With a microchip, it’s permanent and can’t separate from your pet. The number is unique to them so there won’t be any confusion.

2. It’s Easier and Quicker to Return Chipped Pets

Having a chip will increase the chances of your pet returning to you if they get lost. Several studies into microchipped cats suggest the chances go up by 20%. For dogs, almost double the number of chipped dogs reunite with their owners compared to ones with no chip.

With over 10 million pets going missing each year, you’ll want to do all you can to make sure happens to you, they can get back home safe and sound.

3. Microchipping is Protection Against Theft

Sometimes, our furry friends don’t wander off, they get stolen from us. And by the time they turn up again, proving ownership can be tricky. Especially if they’re already sold to a new family.

If your pet goes missing and you think they got taken, or someone else is keeping them a chip can prove ownership. The chip (and your registration details) will serve as your proof.

When you sell or re-home your pet, you usually update the microchip details into the new owner. If you haven’t (because of theft, not re-homing), it proves your ownership claim if there is a dispute.

4. Microchipping Provides You with Peace of Mind

If your pet roams off the leash, or your cat loves to explore the neighborhood you’re covered. It’s not a good idea to let your pets roam, and with regular exercise and care, they don’t need to be outdoor pets.

But if you do, the microchip ensures they can find their way back home. Friendly cats and dogs can often visit many different homes on their journey.

If people get attached, they may find themselves in the arms of another family. Having access to your information will be the best chance of getting your pet back to you if this does happen.

5. Can Interact With the Latest Technologies

In this age of technology, some chip manufacturers can enhance their chips. This includes the ability to program it to open the dog door, or cat flap when your pet approaches.

This is useful for keeping pests (like raccoons) out. It also saves your pet from getting a smack in the face or rump from the door as it opens or closes.

Some manufacturers also offer a lost pet alert system if they do get lost. And there’s even travel help for people who want to take their pets away on their next holiday/adventure.

6. Microchipping Pets is a Lifetime Deal

Once the microchip is in, it stays there for your pet’s entire lifetime. There are no yearly updates, it’s a one-off trip to the vet and it’s done. You don’t have to worry about it once it’s done unless you move home or change numbers.

This is another advantage they offer over ID tags and collars as these aren’t permanent. Without any collar, tag, or form of ID your pet will be indistinguishable. And a shelter or veterinary center won’t be able to trace you or reunite you with your pet.

As a good rule of thumb, when your pet goes in for their annual or bi-annual checkup, have your vet give the chip a scan. This makes sure that it’s still working as it should and prevents a rare case of malfunction.

7. Microchipping Takes Pressure Off Rescues

At the best of times, most rescues struggle with the sheer numbers of animals in their care. They’re usually overflowing with stray cats and dogs. Most of which, if they had microchips, could be reunited with their families fast.

Accidents happen, pets get out, and the reality for many families is they never see them again. If most pet owners microchip their pets, it would lower the number of separated by a huge amount.

Microchipping Pets is a Necessity You Shouldn’t Skimp Out On

So there you have it! Now you know these 7 benefits of microchipping pets, what are you waiting for?

It’s quick, painless, and doesn’t cost much. But the peace of mind it will give you if your pet goes missing or gets stolen is priceless. You can rest assure that if anything happens, there’s a good chance they’ll make it back to you. It will all be one big adventure to look back and laugh about rather than a disaster.

If you want to ensure your pet’s microchip will protect them, register your microchip with Mypetchip today. As well as activating your pets microchip and adding them to the AAHA National Pet Database, we also store your pets medical records, so they will always be in safe hands.

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5 Common Pet Microchipping Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Are you part of the 68% of American households that own a pet? If so, you have your cat or dog microchipped, right?

Well…maybe not.

Experts estimate there are 90 million dogs and 94 million cats in the US. Unfortunately, there’s not much reliable data on the percentage of these pets that are microchipped. It might surprise you to find out that in 2012, the estimate was that only 4% of dogs (and 1% of cats) arriving at a shelter had a chip.

Clearly, there’s a lot of room for improvement when it comes to keeping track of our furry family members. So how can you avoid pet microchipping mistakes and improve the chances you’ll be reunited if your pet gets lost or stolen?

Keep reading to find out!

Don’t Make These Pet Microchipping Mistakes

There are certain things in life we can’t do over. When it comes to losing a valued member of the family, like a pet, the first few minutes are the most important. As time goes on, it becomes less and less likely you’ll find your pet.

These risks go down, of course, when they have a microchip installed. Sometimes, though, things don’t go as planned. Here are some common mistakes you’ll want to avoid.

1. Not Getting A Microchip At All

A surprising number of people don’t microchip their pets at all, as we have already discussed. Between cats and dogs, cats get ignored the most—probably because they are perceived as more independent animals.

However, ignoring your cat’s microchipping and registration is a mistake we just aren’t allowed to make as their human guardians. This is especially true if your cat is allowed to roam freely outside.

A lot of people with puppies easily add on the microchipping and registry as part of the vaccination process. However, older rescues and adoptions often get overlooked—especially when you take them home and wait to see if it’s a good fit between you first.

Make sure you microchip your pets before you bring them home and get informed about how it works.

2. Choosing the Wrong Brand

Another mistake is branding. Chip ID brands can be more or less common by region. If you get a registry and chip brand that most vets in the area don’t use, shelters won’t expect to look for that brand’s ID as carefully.

Each brand has a different frequency and belongs to a different registry. Making sure the chip is AAHA searchable is a huge deal! The American Animal Hospital Association, AAHA, keeps a database of where your microchip is registered.

In that case, you’ll need the microchip number, which is another thing people forget to write down and keep in a safe place.

3. A Veterinarian Didn’t Implant It

When it comes to your iPhone or car, most people don’t do their own work to fix it. They go to a professional. Workers in a shelter are great people doing great work, but they don’t always have the qualifications to implant a microchip safely or effectively.

The biggest problem is implant migration. However, this problem becomes drastically less common if performed by a professional. According to the AVMA, migration of the implanted microchip has an incidence of only 0.6% of cases.

You wouldn’t want an amateur to use a hypodermic needle on you, right? You don’t want one to use a needle on your family pet, either.

4. Not Updating the Registration

Moving is a pain, it’s true. But moving and not registering your pet is an even bigger pain when your dog tries to find their way “home” if they get lost.

Recently a dog ran 50 miles from where the family currently lives in Kansas, back to Missouri to try and find its way home!

Even worse is when your dog goes missing and is found, but you’ve changed your address and phone number and the rescuers can’t reach you. Some registrations have a one time fee, while others have a monthly subscription.

Either way, making sure it is up to date (and you’re currently subscribed) is essential.

5. Relying Only on the Chip

Another huge problem to avoid is not using other forms of ID. Owners who don’t use a physical ID collar are less able to find their pet quickly or prove the pet is theirs.

In addition, if the scanner being used doesn’t pick up the brand or frequency of your RFID chip, you may never get the call. A collar is a quick and easy way to ID your pet and is a reliable source of protection.

If collars aren’t your thing, a pet harness is a great alternative. Some feel it’s more gentle (and less cruel) in controlling and restraining your pet if they get agitated. We understand a guardian’s stand against collars on pets, but there are alternatives that can help keep them safe and easily identifiable.

Pet Microchipping Mistakes to Avoid: Now You Know

Pet microchipping is a bit controversial, but the benefits are clear. People rightly want to make sure that a chip won’t harm their furry and fuzzy family members.

Fortunately, microchips are incredibly safe and even help to protect your pet.

Don’t make the mistakes in this article! Make sure to get a microchip. Get it registered and keep that registry up to date. Make sure that the brand and company you choose for the microchip technology is trusted and respected.

If you can avoid making these pet microchipping mistakes, you’re already ahead of the pack!

Interested in registering your pet? Get in touch now and let’s make it happen.