Having identification and contact information attached to your pet’s collar makes it more likely that you will be able to be reunited with your pet if he or she is lost. However, collar tags can break or become unreadable, and tattooing can become illegible or covered with hair and difficult to find. In order to improve your pet's chances of returning home if lost, we recommend microchipping.
Did you know...
- Microchips that are registered give lost pets the best chance of returning home
- The American Humane Association reports it is estimated over 10 million dogs and cats are lost or stolen in the U.S. every year
- Statistically one in three pets become lost at some point during their life
A study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, included statistics from 53 animal shelters across the U.S.:
- Only 22% of lost dogs in animal shelters were reunited with their families
- More than 52% of lost dogs with microchips were reunited with their families
- Less than 2% of lost cats in animal shelters were reunited with their families
- More than 38% of lost cats with microchips were reunited with their families
- Only 58% of the microchipped animals microchips had been registered in a database with their family's contact information. This is why it is important to not only register your pet’s microchip, but to keep it up to date with your information
A Quick and Relatively Painless Procedure
A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice. It is encased in a smooth, strong, biocompatible glass and is small enough to fit into a hypodermic needle. There is virtually no chance of the body developing an allergy or trying to reject the microchip. The microchip is inserted under the skin near the shoulder blades with a needle. The pain from having a microchip inserted can be compared to the pain from having a vaccine injection. After being microchipped, your pet needs to be registered in a pet recovery database, which helps reunite lost pets with their families.
Globally compatible scanners read the unique identification code on the microchip. This code is used to retrieve the contact information of the family from the pet recovery database to facilitate a reunion. Lasts Your Pet’s Lifetime Microchips are designed to last the life of your pet. Of all identification options available for pet owners, they are the only permanent form of identification that cannot be altered. Microchip placement and enrollment in a pet recovery database offers the best chance for your pet to be returned safely to you.