Social media plays a huge part in getting pets reunited with their owners. When a dog or cat goes missing, the owners often post a pic of the pet to social media, asking for neighbourhood help.
The first question that anyone asks is always going to be:
‘Is your pet microchipped?’
All pets should be microchipped
There is no reason not to microchip your animals. Microchipping is:-
- Required by council regulation.
- A once-off procedure.
- Takes a few seconds.
- Lasts a lifetime.
- Is not expensive.
When you get a new dog or cat, the first thing you should do, together with vaccinations, is a microchip. And if you get a rescue animal, the first thing you should do, again together with vaccinations, is check for a microchip.
If the animal doesn’t have one, get it done as quickly as you can.
A microchip includes your dog’s ID
You owe it to your animal to have it microchipped. It means that if your pet goes missing, gets picked up by someone else and dropped off at a VET or animal protection unit, they can immediately check to see who the owners are. A microchip includes the ID of the dog and owners, which in turn is linked to the name and telephone number of the owners, as well as their address, and in many instances, the name of the dog.
Which animals should you microchip?
- Any pet animal that could go missing.
It is mostly dogs and cats that get microchipped, simply because these are the pets that most often go missing. They escape out the gate, over the wall or under the fence. They sometimes bolt in a storm. It is much easier to find your pet, and this does not only include dogs and cats, if they have a microchip. Birds, horses, goats and pigs get microchipped too.
Size of a microchip
A microchip is tiny. The vet uses a special needle that injects the chip under the animal’s skin. Once there, it stays there. Microchips save hundreds if not thousands of animals every single month, reuniting them with their owners. Even in different cities.
Get your pets microchipped today.