One in three family pets will go missing in their lifetime. No one ever wants to imagine the possibility of their beloved pet and best friend being lost, but that possibility is very real. Fences and gates can be accidentally left open, leashes and collars can break, intact dogs and cats roam around very often, and don’t forget those rambunctious escape artists among many other reasons a pet can become lost. Unfortunate circumstances can happen that are out of our control. This is why Express Vets recommends microchipping your pet.

 

Having your pet microchipped and registered correctly provides the peace of mind that you and your pet will always be connected. If your pet were to ever be lost, their microchip can bring your best friend back home. 

 

Collared name tags are important but can become worn/illegible over time, microchips are the only permanent identification marker that can provide efficient reunification with a lost loved one. 

 

Microchips are slim, harmless, and unnoticeable transponders that are inserted just under the skin, typically between the shoulder blades. They are approximately the size of a grain of rice. When scanned, they reveal a unique identification number that is connected to an owner’s registered information. Don’t forget, having your pet microchipped is only half of the job, the most important part is the online registration process, which connects your pet’s unique microchip number to your name, phone number, address, etc. 

 

If your pet goes missing, log into your microchip company account and “report a lost pet.” If a pet is found, bring them to the closest veterinary clinic or animal shelter to have them scanned for a microchip. “Found pets with a microchip and current information are up to 20 times more likely to be reunited with their families.” -PetLink

 

Fun Fact: Dogs and cats aren’t the only ones who can be microchipped, your other furry or scaly friends can be too, including horses, rabbits, birds, reptiles, and many more. There are also reasons for microchipping other than reuniting with a lost pet, such as research, population or health monitoring, or tracking wildlife. 

 

For whatever the reason, or whatever the species, microchips offer many important benefits, but none more important than reuniting grieving families with their lost loved ones.  

 

March in for your pet’s microchip savings! During the month of March 2023, you can have your pet microchipped for just $36. Schedule your same-day appointment now! 

 

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