It is every pet owner’s worst nightmare. You go to look for your pet, and it is nowhere to be found. It’s lost. What happens next can vary greatly. For the best chances of having your pet returned to you in this situation, it is a good idea to have it microchipped. Here are three excellent reasons to microchip your pet.
Help Your Pet Avoid the Pound
When your pet becomes lost, it might be found by anyone. Most people who find a pet today will take it to a vet or shelter to have the pet’s microchip read, so that it can be returned to its owner. If your pet doesn’t have a microchip, chances are good that it could end up in the city pound. If your pet ends up in the pound, you might not be able to find out where it is or if it is okay. Your pet could get adopted out to another family, or may even be put to sleep if there is not room for it in the shelter.
Return Home Faster
Even if your pet doesn’t end up in the pound, it could take days or weeks for you to get your pet back after it becomes lost. Putting up flyers and knocking on doors can sometimes find a lost pet, but it is time consuming and not always successful. You’ll have a much easier time of getting your pet back if it has been microchipped. It will also be much faster.
If your pet is picked up by the pound, you’ll need to prove that you are its owner in order to pick it up. This is done because some people may try to pick up pets that are not theirs for malicious purposes. Proving ownership can sometimes be done through shot records or by signing a statement depending on the shelter. If your pet has been microchipped, it is much easier to prove that you are the owner.
If your pet hasn’t been microchipped or if your information on their chip needs to be updated, contact us today to schedule an appointment or to get more information.