To MicroChip or Not to MicroChip?

A Look Into Microchipping Your Pet

September is travel safety and microchip awareness month at Fairgrounds Animal Hospital, so let’s start by talking microchips! We know you might be wondering what a microchip is, and why you would want one for your pet. Microchips are essentially an ID tag that can never fall off or be taken away if your pet is ever lost or kidnapped—unlike the tags on his or her collar. It is not a tracking device, but it can still dramatically increase the odds that a lost or kidnapped pet will make it back home! A microchip can be scanned at any vet clinic or animal shelter, and the staff makes sure to scan every pet that is new to them during the first visit. A microchip implanted on your pet will be registered under your name, and as long as you update the associated company with changes in your phone number and address, it will have your current contact information attached. Many, many lost or kidnapped pets have been returned home safely because they had a registered microchip in place!


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The Value of the Microchip

Though only the size of a grain of rice, this device implanted under the skin can, believe it or not, save your pet’s life. Studies have shown that approximately 75% of pets that were lost were returned to their owners because they could identify the pet and owner from the pet microchip. As owners, we cannot guarantee our pet will get lost, however we can have some comfort knowing that a permanent identification is available for when they are found. In the U.S., 1 in every 3 pets in their lifetime will get lost. A simple administration by the doctor or staff at our veterinarian office can reunite you once again.

Why Do Pets Escape?

Have you ever wondered why pets escape? Lets face it, time and time again Fido jumps the fence and you have tried every enforcement to “block” him from digging, jumping and escaping. Dogs jump the fence for a number of reasons, so lets break them down and give some tips on how to help.


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Pet Microchips

Veterinarians and shelters all recommend that your pet be microchipped. A study by the American Veterinary Medical Association dogs are 2.5 more likely and cats are 21.4 more likely to be returned to their home from a shelter if they have a registered pet microchip. If you are surprised by these statistics, you’re not alone. There are a lot of misunderstandings when it comes to pet microchips. Here is some information about pet microchips to clear up any confusion.