Millions of pets are lost or stolen every year in the United States, with only approximately 22 percent of lost dogs without a microchip being reunited with their families. However, more than 50 percent of pets are returned home among dogs that are microchipped. On the other hand, only 2 percent of cats without a microchip are returned home, while more than 38 percent of microchipped cats make it back to their families.
Microchipping pets is an excellent way to improve the chances that your pet is returned to you if it gets lost. If you are unsure how microchipping works, schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians at Ashworth Road Animal Hospital in Des Moines, IA. Let’s look at some of the questions that we run into in regards to pet microchipping.
Does microchipping require surgery?
Microchipping your pet does not require surgery or the use of anesthesia. The implantation process is fast and relatively painless. Your veterinarian will insert the microchip during an office visit with a needle. The microchipping process will not hurt your pet any more than a routine vaccination.
Are follow-up appointments needed after microchipping?
Once implanted, there is no required maintenance for the microchip. The only care needed is to ensure the injection site does not get infected. However, once healed, there is no additional maintenance or appointments required. You only need to change your contact information with the microchip registry if you move or change your phone number.
Where do I register my pet’s microchip?
Several microchip registers are available, including Found Animals, AKC Reunite, and 24PetWatch. Once you have selected a company to register your pet’s microchip, you need to provide them with the microchip number, brand, and personal contact information. Registration can be completed online or over the phone. If you are unsure which registry to use, speak with your veterinarian for help.
Should I worry about my privacy?
Your information will be protected when given to a microchip registry. The only time your information may be given out is when your pet is found and the chip is scanned. The information should only be used to contact you and return your pet.
Get Your Pet Microchipped in Des Moines, IA
When you are ready to microchip your pet, call Ashworth Road Animal Hospital to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians. We take pride in taking care of pets and want to help you increase the chances that your furry friends are returned. Call our team today at (515) 225-1807 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.