The majority of people see their pet as a member of the family. They are cared for so much and if anything happens to them can be absolutely devastating.
This infographic from GAP takes you through how important it is to microchip your pets. Even if you do have a collar and ID tag, a microchip is still needed for when your pet gets lost. Did you know that dogs are 2.5 times more likely to be reunited with their owners when they have microchips? And cats are 20 times more likely to be returned to their owners when they have microchips?
It is essentially about getting all three –
- the collar
- the id tag
- the microchip.
If something then goes wrong at least you will have done all you can to ensure they are safely returned. Some people refuse to get microchips for their dogs as they see them as being unsafe. It’s important to know that the benefits far outweigh any perceived risks.
You may have heard things like they can hurt your pet, that your pet could be allergic, or even that they cause cancer – none of this is true. The chances of a microchip causing cancer are non-existent and it isn’t worth risking your pet’s safety by not getting them microchipped.
Aside from microchips, it’s also important to keep a high-quality ID tag and collar on your pet. These can often be the first port of call if your pet is found and the microchip may not even need to be used.
Often, pets are found by members of the public before the microchip identification is needed. We all know that it’s impossible to keep an eye on our pets at all times. So do all you can to ensure they’re protected. Find out more in the infographic. Hopefully you will get some useful tips from it.