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Why Should You Microchip Your Dog (Or Cat)

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Jenna Pringle is the marketing manager at Seattle Humane. To learn more about this amazing organization, please visit them and check out the amazing dogs that are available for adoption or foster.

Why should you microchip your pet?

So, it’s obviously a very good idea to have your pet microchips. It’s an identification that can’t fall off, that can’t break, occasionally it does move under the pet’s skin, but it is really a full safe type of identification that’s scannable at every shelter or veterinary clinic. So, you should update your pets microchip information anytime you move or the pet’s situation might change. The annual checkup is actually a really great time to go ahead and do that with your veterinarian and go ahead and have them scan it to just in case the microchip has moved.

Why is a microchip so important to a pet?

According to a press release by the American Veterinary Medical Association:

  • The American Humane Association estimates over 10 million dogs and cats are lost or stolen in the U.S. every year.
  • One in three pets will become lost at some point during their life.
  • Only 22% of dogs who enter the shelter system are reunited with their families.
  • Less than 2% of cats are reunited with their families.

A microchip can help increase these numbers. It cannot get lost, it can move through so it is important to have your veterinarian check it yearly.

Register Your Microchip!

Just getting a microchip does absolutely nothing to help you when your pet goes missing. You MUST go online and register your microchip and keep it updated with current contact information.