It’s So Important That Your Microchip Your Pet
Statistics have shown that providing regular wellness care can help your pet to live longer and can prevent more critical problems that are costly to treat. Great Neck Veterinary Clinic is partnering with you to provide this regular care in all-encompassing wellness packages. We’ve customized Wellness Plans that not only focus on delivering great preventative care that fits your pet’s specific needs and age, but also offer this care at special plan prices for Wellness members. Puppy and Kitten Wellness Plans also include microchip and spay or neuter as well as those most important first protective vaccines. Today, we want to talk about the microchip, and why it’s so important.
Lost pet statistics
- More than 10 million dogs and cats are lost or stolen in the U.S. every year (an estimation from the American Humane Association).
- One in three pets will become lost at some point during its lifetime.
- About 22 percent of lost dogs that enter animal shelters are reunited with their families, but the rate of return for microchipped dogs is more than 52 percent, which is a 238 percent increase (according to a study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association).
- Less than 2 percent of lost cats that enter animal shelters are reunited with their families, but the rate of return for microchipped cats is more than 38 percent, which is a 2,000 percent increase (the same study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association).
A microchip is a tiny device which contains unique identifying information about a pet. It is approximately the size of a grain of rice contains a code that corresponds to the contact information of the pet cat or dog’s owner. This allows missing cats/dogs to be returned to their rightful home as quickly as possible.
If your pet ever needs to be identified, any vet will be able to find the microchip using a handheld scanner.
Is your pet microchipped yet? If not, please contact us today!