Did you know May is Chip Your Pet Month? It is and I’m a huge proponent of microchipping your pet, especially if you have one like Wilkins. According to the American Humane Society, approximately 10 million pets get lost per year. 10 million! Can you imagine if your pet was one of them? I’d be devastated and cry my eyes out if anything ever happened to Tebow or Wilkins. I just can’t even imagine.
One in three pets will become lost at some point during their life but according to a study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, approximately 22 percent of lost dogs that enter an animal shelter are reunited with their family but the return-to-owner rate for microchipped dogs was over 52 percent!
Admittedly, I was uncertain about microchipping my dog when I first decided to do it. I had a lot of worries about injecting him with a chip. What if it got infected? Would he feel it for the rest of his life? Turns out, it was a simple shot and he acted like it never happened. Over the years it’s given me a lot of peace of mind between our moves and our road trips to know that if anything happened and either of our dogs got lost that we could easily be reunited through their microchips.
If you’ve been on the fence about microchipping your dog, here are 5 reasons you should call the vet and schedule your microchip appointment asap!
1 // Dogs can be escape artists
If I had known what an escape artist Wilkins would turn out to be I’d have named him Houdini when I first brought him home. If he wants to be outside or free from his harness, he’s going to get free so a microchip provides me with extra security that he will be returned to me if he escapes.
Even if your dog isn’t an intentional escape artist, you never know when a leash hook might break or a gate may be accidentally left open. A microchip ensures that if your dog ever finds himself free and on the run a shelter or veterinarian can get in touch with you and return him home.
2 // Dogs get spooked
There are a lot of things that could spook your dog and make him run off – loud noises, thunderstorms, fireworks, etc. I know that Wilkins is terrified of thunderstorms and fireworks so I have to keep an especially watchful eye on him any time there are loud noises around. He’s also prone to chasing squirrels, rabbits, or other small animals. If he’s chipped and he runs off the odds are much higher that he’ll be returned to me.
3 // Collars can come off
So, dogs look cute in collars (especially bow-tie collars!) but collars can break or slip off easily if your dog gets tangled or if he scratches at it. What good is the collar once your pup loses it? A microchip can’t break or slip off so once your dog is chipped it’s there forever.
4 // Dog tags can lose their info
A name tag with your dog’s name and your phone number are great but they can be outdated if you move (like we have) or change your number. The name and phone number can also wear off over time but that’s not hte case with a microchip. The microchip is permanent and can’t be separated from your dog so you never have to worry about it being lost.
5 // The info is easy to update
Only about 58 percent of the microchipped animals’ microchips had been registered in a database with their pet parent’s contact information which is wild to me because it’s so easy to do! Wilkins is microchipped with a PetLink chip and has a PetLink account. I can log into the PetLink account at any time to update my contact information, his information, and add photos of him. It’s much easier to update than a tag on his collar!
I know it’s worrisome to inject your pet with a microchip but it’s so worth it! Since getting our dogs chipped I’ve never had to worry about them being lost forever and that peace of mind is 100% worth it. May is Chip Your Pet Month and if your dog isn’t already chipped I encourage you to do it asap!