What's a Microchip... and Why's it Important?

As dog lovers, of course we want to make sure accidents are prevented. But unfortunately, accidents do happen. Someone might leave a door open. Our dog might dig under the fence in the back yard. Or, she might slip away from us on our daily walk. All these scenarios result in our dog escaping and potentially getting lost.

Same with our cats. Our cats, especially indoor/outdoor cats, could easily get lost and we could never see them again without taking the right precautions.

Now, you might be thinking… “he has his collar with his identification card on so if he gets away at least someone will be able to see his ID tags.” But, what if the collar comes off somehow?

There are up to 8 million dogs and cats who end up in shelters each year. Out of all of these furry family members, only 15-20% of dogs and 2% of cats are reconnected to their families. Once they arrive in the shelter, there’s no way to tell who their family is… or is there?

To protect their pets, many dog and cat lovers are turning to microchips.

A microchip is a very small piece of technology that is implanted into our dog in a manner similar to giving a vaccine.

The microchip is generally placed beneath the surface of your pet’s skin between his shoulder blades. It’s not an extensive process and it only takes a few minutes. And, there’s no anesthetic required.

The microchip gives you that extra protection in the case your dog gets lost. It’s important to understand, the microchip isn’t a GPS device. It won’t let you know your dog’s exact physical location. But, if someone finds your dog, the individual can take your dog to their local veterinarian or humane society where they’re able to scan for a microchip and find your information.

Each microchip is connected to a unique identification code. And, it can be found in a dog’s body using a special scanner that most humane societies, and veterinarians, now have.

When a scanner is placed over the chip, the chip gives off radio waves and the scanner displays the identification number connecting your dog to you. Once your information has been found, your loved furry family member can be returned to you.

With this said, it’s crucial to keep your information up-to-date. You’re able to update your dog or cat’s photograph, weight, and other important details. If you move, you should update the address the moment you do so.

You don’t have to worry about the microchip getting lost in your dog’s body. And, microchips are designed to work for 25 years. So, you can rely on the microchip protecting your dog or cat for his entire life once implanted.

Just to be safe, if you’d like to, you can request your veterinarian scan the microchip during your annual wellness visit to keep your mind at ease.

There’s no better way to show how much microchipping helps you, and your pets, than testimonials. Take a look at a few below:

“Josh has a Petkey microchip and they issued out an alert right away. We are really impressed with this service. You never think about these things until it happens to you and your pet.” -Michelle E., Virginia

“Chewy had a nice adventure. He was picked up and taken to a local rescue and his chipped was scanned. We are glad he is home safe.” -Nicholas R., Florida

To learn more about microchips, browse our website at www.petkey.org.