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Why You Should Get Your Pets Microchipped

By Laura Potts, PetSafe Digital Marketing Specialist

Laura was skeptical about getting Lincoln and Ellie microchipped, but after a little research, she realized it was the best thing for her pets.  

Did you know over 10 million pets are lost or stolen in the US every year? The even scarier part is that for pets who aren’t microchipped, 78% of them never get reunited with their owners. The good news is with methods like microchipping, that number is starting to decline. Even though both of my pups are microchipped now, neither of them arrived that way when we rescued them.

I adopted Lincoln from a rescue almost 7 years ago and at the time microchipping seemed much less common. Ellie joined us over 3 years ago after some friends of ours found her abandoned on the side of a road. Needless to say, her previous owners didn’t microchip her.  And while I try to be a contentious pet owner, I have to admit getting my dogs microchipped was a tough decision.

I had many misconceptions on whether it was truly necessary and whether or not it would be painful for my two fur balls. After speaking to their veterinarian and doing some research, I realized how untrue my microchipping myths were.

Here’s what I’ve learned along the way when it comes to getting your pet microchipped.

Myth #1: It’s expensive. Microchipping can really range depending on when and where you get it done. The higher prices ranges are between $25 to $30, still pretty affordable. For Lincoln, I searched for a more inexpensive option, and waited for a special microchip day at our local animal center with $5 microchips. If price is a concern for you, I recommend checking with your local animal centers and rescues for a variety of pricing options.

Myth #2: It’s painful. Having watched both of my pets be microchipped, I was surprised how pain free, quick, and easy it was. Lincoln, our wuss, who pitches a fit during a toenail clipping, was completely mellow during the 5 second process. To make it even simpler, oftentimes vets will incorporate into a schedule teeth cleaning when your pet will already be under anesthesia to further remove any fears. That’s how Ellie’s was done. Or, you can use a Lickety Stik to distract your pet with a treat during the procedure.

Myth #3: It isn’t really necessary We all like to think it would never happen to us, but with the startling statistics above, pets sadly go missing all the time. A child accidentally leaves the door open and the cat escapes, or the dog gets crafty and jumps the fence. Sometimes despite our best efforts, mishaps happen. Rather than solely relying on fliers and checking the local animal center, microchipping dramatically increases their chances of being returned safe and sound should they accidentally get away.

Are your pets microchipped? Why did you decide for or against getting them chipped?


ABOUT LAURA Laura manages the complete digital media presence for the PetSafe Brand. Laura also donates her time to helping improve animal welfare. She has helped saved the lives of many pets through her work and more directly by adopting two dogs of her own, Ellie and Lincoln who often accompany her to work and to volunteer events in Knoxville.

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the reason I clicked on your article “Why You Shouldn’t Get Your Pets Microchipped” was to find out WHY NOT.  Your article was in support of chipping as am I, so I was very surprised to read your article.  Did you make a printing/spelling error?
Very courious,

Peggy, thanks for reading! We can understand it may appear we made a mistake, but we actually did it on purpose. At first glance, the myths we list look like reasons you wouldn’t microchip your pets, but if you read the post (as you did), you realize we debunked these reasons and you actually SHOULD microchip your pet. :) We’re glad you agree.

The only problem with micro chipping is only Vets and some Animal control officers have the scanners to read the chips and there are many different brands and they need their own brand of scanner to read the chip. Maybe as a backup the chip would be useful but the pet would still have to go to a vet or ACO with the right scanner.  We have come across many chipped dogs that the chip was never registered.  The average person cannot check to even see if a chip is present.  I still say that a name tag is best because anybody can read it and call the owner, no scanner needed. 

We take in the “strays/lost” dogs for our town and hold them until the owners call,  usually after they get home from work and realize fido is missing.


I agree with Peggy: the article should be titled why you SHOULD have your pet chipped.

It’s a bit cutesy to put it the way you have and really leads to misunderstanding.

Gee, can editors take some constructive criticism and make changes? Or is there too much ego involvement? !

Ron, that is why it is so important to find out what chip is most popular in your area. Our blogger, Jim, has a few words of wisdom about it. You’ll also find he is a big supporter of ID tags, too. When it comes to identification methods for your pet, the more the merrier.

Bob, we were not intending to be misleading or cutesy, and we’re sorry for the misunderstanding. We hope you know us well enough to know we aren’t egotistical about the conversations we host on our blog either. :) We’ll make the change - thanks for reading!

A microchipped dog can be easily identified if found by a shelter or veterinary office in possession of a scanner. However, some shelters and veterinary offices do not have scanners.Depending on the brand of microchip and the year it was implanted, even so-called universal scanners may not be able to detect the microchip.

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