Here at Presidential Pup, we don’t want to limit ourselves to just presidents! So consider this our Public Service Announcement!
Everyone should microchip their pet! That means YOU! Stop waiting! There are a million resources to get microchips for a low cost. There really is no reason not to take advantage of these programs and get your pet microchipped! Let’s cover some of the common questions I hear when I insist that people get their pet microchipped.
Doesn’t it hurt? I don’t want to hurt my pet!
Would you rather lose your pet! Not to be too assertive but those are your choices! One time discomfort for a lifelong assurance that your pet can be identified! Your pet will thank you!
To answer the question, yes the implantation is not comfortable but the microchip itself is about the size of a grain of rice. The needle is somewhat large (larger than a 20g needle) but if done by a professional the implantation is very quick. If your pet is undergoing any kind of anesthetic procedure, ask that the microchip is implanted at that time.
My cat is indoor only! I don’t need a chip, right?
That’s a reason to get a chip! Your indoor cat will have NO IDEA what is going on if they get outside. They will be lost, confused and scared. If that frightening scenario were to ever happen your cat will appreciate that you took the time to microchip them!
Does it really make a difference?
YES! It makes a HUGE difference! According to an article by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) animals that don’t have a microchip and find themselves in a local shelter are recovered only 13% of the time. Animals with microchips? An AMAZING 74.1% rate of return to owners! Not only are you helping your pet when you microchip but you’re helping animal shelters by making sure animals with homes are not stuck in their system.
While those are the most common questions I get there are plenty more! Again, the AVMA has a great FAQ on microchips.
Also! It is very important to get a microchip for your pet but once your pet has a chip you simply can’t forget to actually update the information! There are countless animals in shelters that have unregistered microchips or microchips with incorrect information!
Not sure if your pet’s microchip is up to date? Check today!