May is CHIP YOUR PET MONTH! With everything in life, there is the good and the bad. So what are the pros and cons of getting your pet microchipped? We often hear about microchips and their benefits, but have you ever considered the cons? Is microchipping the best solution for pets? In this blog, we’ll explore both the pros and cons of microchipping so you can decide the best option to identify your pets.
What is a microchip? Where and how is it placed in pets?
Microchips are small chips that contain your pet’s identification in a tiny bioglass tube. This chip is implanted under your pet’s skin under their shoulder blades. Once the chip is in place, a scanner is used to ensure the chip works and can pick up radio frequencies when it is needed. Every microchip has its unique number, and once it is matched up with your contact information, it becomes registered.
Here are some Pros To Getting Your Pet Microchipped:
The ID Cannot get Tampered with
Since the ID number in every microchip is unique and implanted in your pet, it cannot be changed. Once planted, the chip is in your pet and can no longer be removed. Digitally it cannot be hacked as it is registered to one number and can only be accessed upon scanning your pet and the chip.
Quick and Easy Implant
Getting a microchip implant is quick and easy. Vets can do it on the spot in a couple of minutes. It can be a bit uncomfortable, but the pain is short and over as quick as getting a needle. Your pet may not even feel it if they are distracted, and vets are professional and prompt with the application.
Keeps Information and your Pet Safe in Case of RunAway
Sometimes, pets can lose their collars or escape without one in the escape. This leaves your pet without a form of identification, and shelters have a more challenging time reuniting them to their homes. Having a microchip implant can give you peace of mind if your pet ever escaped or ran away. With a microchip, you can be assured that your pet will be scanned and reunited quickly back to their home.
Here are some Cons To Getting Your Pet Microchipped:
Microchips are not a GPS
People assume that microchips can track their pets in case they escape. This is not true. Microchips are simply for identification and not for monitoring your pet’s whereabouts.
More Expensive than a Collar
The other downside to microchips is that they are more expensive than buying a collar. Shelters offer microchips at a lower price, but it is still more than a pet tag at the store. It is a one-time purchase, so if your pet is prone to losing their collars, then a microchip may be a better and cheaper investment in the long run. Ultimately, a microchip is an investment in your pet’s safety.
Can Move Inside Your dog
Sometimes the microchip implanted under your pet’s shoulder blades can move around depending on placement. Sometimes an activity can move the chip around, and this can cause scanning the chip to be a bit more difficult. The chip will remain in your pet’s body; the shelter or vet may just need a few more minutes before they can pick up any radio frequencies.
Some companies make microchips that are only compatible with their scanners. This is an inconvenience and may take a couple of tries to find, but professional veterinary services may have a couple of scanners on hand for this purpose.
Places To Get Your Pet Chipped in Edson
In Edson, we have a couple of places where you can get your pet microchipped. Check out Edson Vet clinic and Glenwood Park Vet Clinic for more information. You can call them to ask more questions, find out pricing and book an appointment for your pet.
Ultimately, if your pet is an escape artist or a runner that likes to seize their opportunity of freedom, then a microchip will offer you peace of mind. Even if your pet is well trained and does not cause trouble, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. At Poop’d Out, we support the idea of keeping our pets safe! Talk to your local vet if you are looking for professional opinions and decide what is best for you.