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Microchipping Your Pets: Pros and Cons
Tuesday January 12th 2016
A microchip is a tiny identification chip which is embedded under your pet’s skin between their shoulder blades. This is done so that if they ever get lost, they can easily be returned to their rightful owner through a quick scan of the chip.
There are many pets lost every year, and whilst some of them are found and returned to their rightful owners, many are not. This is why microchipping has become such a common procedure for pets, it’s a very quick process which could make all the difference when it comes to finding your lost pet or not.
Although there are clearly benefits to this process, there are also some disadvantages which can sometimes hinder people’s decision to go through with the procedure. So we thought we’d create a list of the main pros and cons of microchipping, so that you can make a fully informed decision about whether it’s the right option for you and your pet.
• Microchipping your pet is a cheap process which takes almost no time to complete. In just one trip to the vet they will be able to add the chip under their skin through one simple injection.
• The application of the microchip will not cause your pet much discomfort at all. As it is done using a needle, most vets compare the level of pain as equivalent to that of receiving a vaccination.
• Once you have got a microchip on your pet, they will then last for over twenty years. This is longer than the average lifespan of most common pets and therefore demonstrates that the low cost is good value for your money.
• The chips not only give your address to allow your pet to be returned to you, they can also contain any medical history and details of medication which your animal may be currently taking. This is a significant benefit for any animals which may have ran off whilst taking medicine that is crucial to their health, as the vet to will be able to see this and treat them accordingly.
• The main problem with microchipping is that not everybody will be aware that a pet is microchipped, or may not know what to do from there if they are. If your pet is found by someone who is unaware that a microchipped pet must be taken to the vets to be scanned, the whole process becomes ineffective.
• Microchips can sometimes travel under the skin, meaning that when it comes to scanning the animal, the chip is no longer between the shoulder blades where the vet would be looking for it. Often vets will complete a full length and width scan of the shoulder to avoid missing this, but if it has travelled any further, the chip may not be recognised.
• You have to update the information on the microchip whenever you change your address, and often details like this can be easily forgotten by owners.
Please note: As of April 2016 it is compulsory for owners to ensure their dog is microchipped : click here to find out more.
This article was written on behalf of helpucover. helpucover is a trading style of Pinnacle Insurance plc, an insurance company who offers Pet Insurance. Visit us online at http://www.helpucover.co.uk