This post is part of the series Microchipping: All about Microchips for Pets
Other posts in this series:
- Microchipping, What is a Microchip for pets?
- Microchipping, Why you Should Microchip your Pets (Current)
Yesterday we talked about what a microchip is, and how it works. Today let’s talk about why you should have your pets microchipped.
Microchipped pets are more often returned to owners when lost
Statistics show that one in three pets will become lost at some point during their lives. Unfortunately, the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association shows a return to owner rate of only 22 percent for dogs without a microchip. The rate of return to owner jumps to 52 percent for dogs who are microchipped. For lost cats, the rate of return to owner for non-microchipped cats is less than 2 percent, but for cats who have been microchipped, it jumps to 38 percent. Those numbers should just keep increasing too, as more and more rescues and police departments get microchip scanners.
Microchipped pets have proof of ownership
Our dogs wear their collars and tags any time they go outside. But Pantera alone has lost at least four collars alone. Without ever leaving our property. We’ve found 2 of them, with the help of the other dogs. But 2 have disappeared totally. Without a microchip, tattoo, or very distinguished markings, pets can be hard to identify. A microchip can’t be lost if an animal runs away. It can’t be removed easily if someone steals your dog. It’s a permanent way to identify your animal, and less painful for the animal than tattooing.
Microchipped dogs can get a lifetime license
A lot of places allow for Lifetime dog licenses for pets who have been microchipped. It’s a big cost saver on dog license fees, especially if you get them microchipped as a puppy. For the cost of about 3-5 years worth of license tags, a lifetime license can be issued, but only to microchipped or tattooed dogs.
Microchipping can reduce the number of strays
In some countries microchipping pets is mandatory. Imagine the world where every dog’s owner could be easily identified. People might think twice before they abandoned their dogs if the dogs could easily be traced back to them. Thus reducing the number of stray dogs. They also might think twice about abusing animals if the abuse could be traced back to them. Mandatory microchipping could make a big difference in the world of companion animals.