More and more dog and cat owners are resorting to microchipping each year. Is microchipping safe? Is it worth it?
A microchip implant is a tiny device inserted to the pet’s skin. The implant is as tiny as a rice grain, so your pet won’t feel it at all. The chips contain a serial number that can be scanned by shelters and veterinarian. Most experts believe that microchipping is more efficient than having your pet wear a collar.
You’ll never know when your dog or cat will be lost. Posting pictures of your lost dog is like scanning Amsterdam zoo with hundreds of animals in it. Going to pet rescue centers with just the picture won’t help either. Through the help of a microchip, you can find your lost dog easier. Shelters can scan the microchip and post it on their website making it possible for dog or cat owners find their lost pet online.
Serial numbers represent the type of breed your dog or cat is and its lineage. Veterinarians also use serial numbers in documenting pet’s medical history which enables them to centralize their databases. So even if you transfer to a different clinic, chances are the medical history of your pet will be available to the new vet. That saves you from renting a bike in Amsterdam just to get the medical records from the previous clinic.
There is a huge difference between using collars versus having your pet microchipped. Premium breeds cost a lot of money which makes them susceptible to illegal selling of animals in the black market. With collars, illegal sellers can simply remove them. But with chips, they are invisible. Some chips are tracker enabled which means you can track where your pet is. It cost money to have an upgrade, but if you are owning a rare, expensive breed, it is a smart move.