The Importance of Microchipping Your Pets

It's a sad fact that millions of pets get lost every year. In fact, an estimated one out of three pets will go missing during their lifetime. No one likes to think that their beloved dog or cat might run away or be stolen, but it's a common enough occurrence that planning for the worst-case scenario is very important. Fortunately, there's a safe and simple solution that dramatically increases the odds of your pet's safe return: microchipping. Microchipping is a common service we provide here at Greenfield Veterinary Clinic. Here's why we think all Greenfield pet owners should get their furry companions microchipped.

Microchipping Is a Permanent, Reliable Solution

Your pet probably already wears an identification tag. While this is a useful and important precaution to take, it's not perfect. ID tags can fall off or get torn off collars, leaving your pet with no information that other people could use to help him get back home.

Microchipping solves this issue. A microchip is tiny -- the size of a grain of rice -- so it can be inserted under your pet's skin, usually between their shoulder blades, where it can't get lost or dislodged. No matter what happens or where your pet ends up, the microchip will still be there to identify him.

Microchipping Increases the Odds of Finding Lost Pets

The data is clear -- microchipping your pets works. A recent study found that only 22 percent of lost dogs end up back with their families again, but for microchipped dogs, that number rises to 52 percent. For cats, the difference is even greater. Just two percent of lost cats are returned to their families overall, but 38 percent of microchipped cats are able to go back home after getting lost.

Get Your Pet Microchipped at Greenfield Veterinary Clinic

Microchipping is one of the most effective ways you can protect your beloved pet in the event that he ever goes missing. Don't put this important precaution off. Call Greenfield Veterinary Clinic today at 414-282-5230 for an appointment to have your pet chipped.

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