I fully believe that every pet should be microchipped as soon as they become a member of your family. Studies have shown that 1 in every 3 pets will go missing at some point in their lives, without proper identification 90% of those lost pets never return home.
90%!!! That is a very daunting statistic. Implanting a microchip in your pet takes seconds and it is a form of identification that will last a lifetime. Some of the microchip registries will even issue a widespread alert if your furry, feathered or scaly friend goes missing. Animal control and pet shelters are equipped with microchip scanners and they will check any animal that is found or brought in.
While it is not a GPS device, a microchip does provide information about an animal’s home and it is also a way to prove that you are the pet’s rightful owner.
It is important to remember that a microchip is essentially useless if you do not complete the registration process and update any information like changes in your address or phone numbers. It is also important to have your veterinarian scan your pet’s chip yearly to make sure it is functioning properly and has not moved.