Pet Tip — The Importance of Microchipping

It can happen to any pet owner: your furry friend decides to become a magician and demonstrate their new disappearing act. Each year, more than 5 million pets pull off this trick. But one simple step can protect your animal and give you peace of mind – microchip your pet! Wayside Waifs recommends microchipping as a permanent means of identification should your pet’s collar and tags break, fall off or become undreadable.

Dozens of lost pets find their way to Wayside Waifs each week. The first thing admissions counselors do is scan each pet for a microchip. Unfortunately, only 10% of those animals have a registered microchip, which makes it harder for Wayside to reunited lost pets with their owners quickly. “Microchipping significantly increased an animal’s chance of being reunited with its family,” said Dr. Alison Liu, Veterinarian at Wayside Waifs.

“One study showed that owners of almost ¾ of lost, microchipped animals were found due to the presence of their microchip.” If your pet is already microchipped, it is important to keep your contact information current in the microchip registry. If you move or your phone number changes, you will need to contact the microchip company to update your information; otherwise, the chip will be useless.

As part of Wayside’s commitment to partnering pets and community for life, every animal is microchipped before leaving the shelter with their forever families. Wayside also offers pet microchipping to the public for $25. To schedule an appointment, please call 816-986-4452.

Microchip Facts:

  • A microchip is a tiny transponder that is about the size of a grain of rice.
  • The microchip is inserted under the pet’s skin between the shoulder blades.
  • The microchip procedure can be done without sedation or anesthesia.
  • Each microchip contains a number specific to your animal and is connected to your name and contact information.
  • Microchips have played an instrumental role in identifying and returning pets with family during a natural disaster.

 


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