With the recent fires in Sonoma County, many dogs and cats were separated from their families. Pet-care clinics all around Sonoma County urge pet owners to microchip their pet as soon as they can. During the fires, 75% of displaced pets with microchips were returned to their families. Only 15% of pets who were not microchipped were reunited with their owners. Here are the top three reasons you should microchip your pet as soon as possible.
1. It’s quick and easy
The procedure is only ten minutes long, and most shelters offer walk-in appointments. Once the microchip is inserted, the clinic will store your pet’s ID code and your contact information in their system. Such information can be easily accessed in the event your pet is found, and you will be contacted immediately.
2. It’s reasonably priced
The usual price of microchipping ranges anywhere from $25 to $75. The price depends on the size of the pet and which clinic you go to.
3. It doesn’t harm the animal
Microchips are engraved ID tags the size of a grain of rice that are inserted under the skin in the back of your pet’s neck. The procedure is usually painless, and often your pet won’t feel a thing at all. It is a permanent procedure that allows you to locate your pet if it gets lost.