One of the worst feelings to experience as a pet owner is realizing a pet has gone missing. And considering only 17% of lost dogs and 2% of lost cats make it back to their owners, it can often feel impossible to get a pet back.

With the constant open-and-shutting of doors during Halloween time, not to mention the all-around weirdness of it all that can make pets feel confused and cause them to run away, we’re taking this opportunity to share more information on why microchipping is so important.

Unlike collars and tags, microchips cannot fall off and get lost. They serve as permanent identification for a pet’s entire life. Plus, microchipping a pet is very simple. A veterinary technician injects the tiny chip between your pet’s shoulder blades. Because the chip is encased in hypoallergenic, bio-friendly glass, allergic reactions to chips are incredibly rare.

Then, if your pet ever becomes lost, authorities only need to scan the chip to locate your information. Most animal shelters and veterinary hospitals have chip scanners now, so microchips make it incredibly easy to get lost pets the help they need.

But remember: a microchip is only useful if your contact information is updated. Make sure anytime you move, you update your information with the microchip registry. There may be a fee associated with re-registering a chip, but it’s usually small and varies depending on the registration company.

Microchipping is easy, painless and affordable, and we highly encourage ALL pets to be microchipped, just in case! If your best friend needs a chip, or if you’re unsure if they have one, you can schedule an appointment by calling us at 208-639-9196 or book an appointment online.