Microchipping: How a Tiny Device Can Make a Big Difference
By FieldHaven Feline Center
This is a microchip.
This is one of the most important things you can do for your pet. Studies have shown that 1 in 3 pets will become lost at some point in their lives. With a registered microchip, dogs are 2.4 times more likely to make it back home and cats are 21.4 times more likely to make it back home! Microchips are a cheap, reliable way to make sure that your animals — not just cats and dogs, but cattle, horses, goats, pigs, birds, and reptiles, too! — have a way to find you if they ever stray too far from their home. There are multiple locations offering free microchip insertions all around the country. Please don’t wait until a fire or a flood or some other disaster makes you wish you had chipped your pets. Do it while they are SAFE.
The microchipping process is EASY! It takes about 10 seconds total. The microchip is roughly the size of a grain of rice and is inserted under the skin between your pets shoulder blades. They have no battery power, no power supply and no moving parts. They are designed to last over 20 years, guaranteeing to provide peace-of-mind for the duration of your pets life. Once the chip is inserted, a thin layer of tissue will grow around it, anchoring it in place. These microchips require no maintenance, no care, nothing. All it takes from you is accurate information! Every time you move, update your microchip information (this is also free and easy to take care of online or with a simple phone call).