Why Should I Get My Pet Microchipped?
If you have recently adopted a puppy, you may be wondering about the importance of microchipping. At Mauston Pet Hospital in Mauston, we understand the concerns of pet owners and aim to provide helpful information to make pet ownership easier. Learn more about the benefits of microchipping and feel free to contact our veterinary hospital to schedule an appointment.
Is Microchipping Important?
Microchipping provides a reliable and permanent form of identification for your pet in case it goes missing. The key to maximizing the effectiveness of microchips is registering and regularly updating your contact information in the pet recovery database. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, only 58% of microchipped pets in shelters had their microchips registered in the database, and 40% had microchips that were not useful.
What is Microchipping?
Microchipping involves the insertion of a tiny chip, about the size of a grain of rice, under your pet's skin. This simple procedure, typically done when your puppy is around eight weeks old, is similar to a vaccination. Animal shelters and veterinary clinics have scanners that can detect and read these microchips. If your pet ends up in a shelter, they can scan the microchip and use the information to reunite your furry friend with your family.
What Are the Benefits of Microchipping?
Pets with microchips are approximately 20 times more likely to be reunited with their families. There are several benefits to microchipping your pet, including:
- Faster reunion with your pet if it goes missing
- Prevention of overcrowded shelters
- Reduced stress levels for your pet during the recovery process
Get Your Pet Microchipped at Mauston Pet Hospital
If you want to learn more about microchipping your pet, contact Mauston Pet Hospital today at (608) 847-6024 to speak with a veterinarian. We will be happy to answer your questions and schedule an appointment for microchipping your furry companion.