Avenues Pet Clinic encourages microchipping, even if your pet lives entirely indoors—because even indoor pets can escape and become lost. The American Humane Society estimates over 10 million dogs or cats are reported lost each year and unfortunately, a large percentage of those lost pets are never returned to their owner.
- Unlike collars and tags, microchips can’t fall off, and they serve as permanent identification for a pet’s entire life.
- Microchips are rated for 25 years, meaning they never need to be replaced or recharged during your pet’s lifetime.
- Microchipping a pet is simple, relatively painless and very affordable.
Microchip your Dog or Cat
Why Microchipping is So Important
Once implanted, the chip can be easily scanned to locate your information. In fact, this is always the first step taken by animal control officers or veterinary hospital personnel when they are presented with a lost animal. When that animal has a microchip, the owner’s information can simply be looked up and a reunion can happen as soon as the owner can be reached. But remember: a microchip is only useful if your contact information is updated in the microchip registry.
Avenues Pet Clinic believes microchipping is the safest, most effective method of pet recovery available, helping to reunite more than 15,000 lost pets to their owners every month. Check out these heartwarming stories of lost pets reunited with their families!