Pet Microchipping in Windham
For many pet owners, one of the greatest fears is having a pet go missing. ID tags are among the most common forms of pet identification to help lost pets return home, but they’re not permanent. That’s why we offer pet microchipping in Windham, a form of identification that IS permanent. The Humane Society estimates that about 10 million dogs and cats become lost each year, but sadly, only about 2% of cats and 22% of dogs are ever returned to their homes. With a microchip, you can increase these odds for your pet if he ever goes missing and ends up at an animal shelter.
What Is a Microchip?
A pet microchip is a rice-sized glass cylinder that’s implanted painlessly under a pet’s skin near the shoulder blades. This tiny device contains a unique radio frequency identification technology containing your contact information. Should your pet become lost, the microchip can be easily read by a scanner at most animal hospitals and shelters. The hospital/shelter can then contact you so you can bring your four-legged friend back to your loving home. Contrary to common belief, microchips are not GPS equipped, so the only way they can link pets to their owners is if they’re scanned.
Does Microchipping Really Work?
Yes, it does! In a 2009 study that appeared in the Journal of American Veterinary Medicine, dogs with microchips were returned to their owners 52.2% of the time. Without microchips, the percentage was less than half that amount. Cats with microchips were returned 38.5% of the time, but cats without microchips were returned less than 2% of the time. It’s important to keep in mind, though, that a microchip should not replace your pet’s ID tag. To give your pet the best chance at being returned to you, it’s best to have an ID tag AND a microchip.
If you would like to learn more about the benefits of pet microchipping, free to give us a call at 603-898-8982, or visit AVMA’s microchipping FAQs page. If you’re ready to schedule your pet’s microchipping in Windham, feel free to give us a call at 603-898-8982.