Chances are, all pet owners have, at some point, experienced the anxiety that occurs when an astute pet finds it’s way out of the house unexpectedly.

There are a few things that owners can do to lessen the risk of this happening, including the extreme stance of training your dog not to go out without you, or the easier option of making sure your pet has their collar and tags on at all times.  There’s something else a pet owner can do as well: get your dog or cat microchipped. At Raleigh Pet Sitters, we understand how important your pets are, and how much you want to keep them safe.

4 Reasons to Microchip Your Pet

  1. Once inserted, this ID is permanent. Dogs and cats can easily lose their collars as they go on a joy run or a panicked escape. Some don’t even wear collars, and that can be a nightmare situation for their owners. For pets who don’t have a collar when they run, the microchip may be the best way to get your pet home. 
  2. Insertion is easy and there’s no maintenance. Once the microchip is inserted and the information is registered with a pet recovery company, you don’t have to do anything else to your pet. You will, however, need to update your address with the recovery company if you should move from the first place where your pet’s chip was registered. 
  3. Your pet is more likely to be returned home to you. According to At Home Pet Animal Hospital, dog owners whose pets have accurate ID info associated with their tags were 74.1% more likely to have their pets returned home.  
  4. Your contact information is safe. The chip contains a specific identification number that is linked to your personal information. After a microchip scanner at a vet’s office or animal shelter is used to check the chip, that number must be run through a database at the pet recovery service where the chip was registered. People can’t scan your pet and immediately get your identification information. 

How does a microchip work?

A microchip is tiny, smaller than the chip in a credit card. In fact, some compare it to a grain of rice. It sits beneath your pet’s skin, and is typically placed between the shoulder blades. These typically are designed so that once they are implanted, they don’t move. It is biocompatible and will not affect your pet negatively once it is implanted.

At Raleigh Pet Sitters, we know how important your pets are to you, and you can be sure that we will ensure that your pets will remain safe with us, whether we’re doing a home visit for extended care (like our overnight care), or doing a mid-day dog walk. We can give your pet the exercise that you might struggle to get in during your busy day. Check out our services page to see what we can do for you and your furry friends!