03 May

Contributed by Jennifer Dew, 9 to 5 Pets


ey there, pet parents! If there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that our furry friends hold a special place in our hearts. That’s why we’re here to talk about a topic near and dear to every pet owner: microchipping! In honor of “Chip Your Pet” month, let’s dive into why microchipping is so important and how you can get started with this paw-some process to keep your furry friend safe and sound.

Lost dog on streetWhy Microchipping Matters:

First things first, let’s talk about why microchipping is a must for every pet. You see, our furry friends have a knack for getting themselves into all sorts of mischief, whether it’s chasing squirrels in the park or sneaking out through an open gate. And while we do our best to keep them safe, accidents can happen, and pets can sometimes wander off or get lost.

Lost cat on streetThat’s where microchipping comes in. Unlike traditional ID tags that can get lost or worn out, a microchip is a tiny, permanent form of identification that’s inserted under your pet’s skin. It’s about the size of a grain of rice and contains a unique identification number that can be scanned by a vet or animal shelter if your pet ever goes missing.

Lost dog flyerGetting Started with Microchipping:

Now that you know why microchipping is so important, let’s talk about how you can get started with the process. Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Schedule a Vet Visit: The first step is to schedule a visit to your vet’s office. They’ll be able to walk you through the microchipping process and answer any questions you may have. Plus, they’ll make sure your furry friend is up to date on their vaccinations and in good health before getting microchipped.
  2. The Procedure: The microchipping procedure is quick, painless, and similar to getting a routine vaccination. Your vet will use a special needle to insert the microchip under your pet’s skin, usually between the shoulder blades. Most pets don’t even flinch during the process, and it only takes a few seconds to complete.
  3. Registration: Once your pet is microchipped, it’s important to register their information with the microchip company. This includes your contact information, as well as any additional emergency contacts you’d like to add. That way, if your pet ever goes missing, their microchip can be scanned, and you can be reunited with them as quickly as possible.

Lost cat flyerBenefits of Microchipping:

Now that your pet is microchipped and their information is registered, let’s talk about the paw-some benefits:

  1. Peace of Mind: Microchipping provides peace of mind knowing that if your pet ever gets lost or separated from you, they have a permanent form of identification that can help them find their way home.
  2. Increased Chance of Reunion: Studies have shown that microchipped pets are more likely to be reunited with their owners than pets without microchips. In fact, one study found that microchipped dogs were returned to their owners over 50% of the time, compared to just 22% for dogs without microchips.
  3. Easy Identification: Unlike traditional ID tags that can fall off or become unreadable, a microchip provides a reliable form of identification that can’t be lost or tampered with. Plus, it’s a one-time investment that lasts for the lifetime of your pet.

Mom reunited with her dog in parkSo there you have it, pet parents – the scoop on microchipping and why it’s a must for every furry friend. Whether you’re a seasoned pet owner or a new fur parent, microchipping is a simple and effective way to keep your pet safe and sound. So why wait? Schedule a vet visit today and give yourself the peace of mind knowing that your furry friend has a permanent form of identification that can help them find their way home, no matter where life takes them. Happy “Chip Your Pet” month!


  1. American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) – Microchipping FAQ
  2. Petfinder – The Importance of Microchipping Your Pet
  3. American Humane – Microchipping Your Pet

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