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The Importance of Microchipping

Pets have a talent for getting into all kinds of trouble, including getting lost. Unfortunately, an estimated 10 million dogs and cats go missing in America every year. Not all of them make it home. Our veterinarians at Avalon Animal Clinic in Indianapolis explain why microchipping your pet is important.

Microchipping Increases Your Odds of a Happy Ending

If your pet goes missing and does not have a microchip, the chances of you seeing your pet again are grim. The American Humane Association reports that only 15% of lost dogs without microchips get back home. This number drops to only 2% for cats.

Microchipping is Inexpensive

On average, microchipping your pet will cost under $50. This is a cost-effective way to help ensure that you will be reunited with your pet.

Microchips Can Last a Lifetime

Most microchips last for the life of your pet. It is still a good idea to have your veterinarian scan your pet during his or her annual wellness exam to make sure the microchip is still working. If necessary, your pet can get another microchip. The first microchip will not interfere with the functioning of the second.

It’s a Quick, Easy Procedure

Getting a microchip is the same as getting a shot. A sterile hypodermic injects the microchip into the skin in between the shoulder blades. Your pet does not need to get anesthesia to be microchipped.

Microchip Readers are Standard Pieces of Equipment

Because microchips are so reliable, all shelters and veterinary clinics have microchip readers. When a lost animal is discovered at a shelter or veterinary clinic, one of the first things done is to scan the pet’s body with a microchip reader. In recent years, universal microchip scanners have become available, making it easy to read microchips made by several different companies.

The Thoroughbred Racehorse Industry Relies on Microchips

Before microchips, it was easy to substitute one racehorse for another. Now, thoroughbreds are required to have microchips before they can race. If the microchips are good enough for multi-million dollar thoroughbreds, they are good enough for your priceless pet.

Get Your Pet Microchipped in Indianapolis, IN

If you have questions about the benefits of microchipping your pet and live in the Indianapolis area, contact our veterinarians at Avalon Animal Clinic. Call our team today at (317) 842-4618 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.


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