Can you imagine your pet at an animal shelter? Losing your pet is a scary thought, as that animal is not just your pet, but also your best friend. We care a lot about our companions, so we would never want them to end up in an animal shelter. Unfortunately, according to the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) about 5-7 million animals enter shelters each year. In addition, approximately 50% of dogs and 70% of cats at shelters are euthanized. You might be thinking that you would never send your animal to an animal shelter, but what if your animal gets lost? Well, San Diego is a big city. In fact, the United States 2010 Census states that San Diego’s land area is 325.19 square miles, so, if your pet does get lost, then the task of finding your animal companion would be very difficult due to the large land area of San Diego. If you cannot find your companion, then your pet could be taken to an animal shelter, whether it be by animal control or by the person who found it.
However, there is a way to prevent this from happening, which is to take your furry friend to a veterinarian in San Diego to give your animal a microchip. That way, if your friend does get lost, you can always find out where it may have ventured off to. Some owners believe that there is no need to see a veterinarian to implant a microchip in their pet and, instead, they buy dog tags or collars that already come with microchips simply because they are cheaper. Your animal companion might have an I.D. tag attached to its collar, which is great, but that might not be sufficient. These tags or collars can easily come off the animal or, if the animal was stolen, can easily be removed by a human. This is not to say that your animal should not have an I.D. tag, an ID. tag just may not be enough. You can be much more confident of your pet’s return by having a veterinarian implant a microchip, instead of buying your dog or cat a tracking collar or tracking tag. There might be a price difference between the two approaches, but you can’t put a price on your pet’s safety.
Besides pricing, another concern you may have with having your pet micro chipped by a veterinarian is that implanting a microchip might be painful for your pet. It is difficult to see your pet in pain, but this procedure would be to help them. For example, you take your animal companion to get vaccinated, which may cause them some minor discomfort, but being micro chipped is to save them from even more discomfort in the future. The vaccinations are intended to prevent them from getting some kind of disease or sickness that could cause them serious pain or even threaten their life. Having a veterinarian vaccinate your pet is similar to having the veterinarian microchip your pet. It may cause some minor discomfort now, but it is to help them in case they are ever lost in the city of, say, San Diego. PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) explains on their site, veterinarians use a certain needle that doesn’t cause the animal much more discomfort than a regular vaccination. A couple seconds of minor discomfort is much better than a couple months of being in a shelter and then possibly euthanized.
The benefits outweigh the costs of having your pet micro chipped, so it is definitely a good idea, but as PETA mentions, you should still make sure to have an I.D. tag on your animal. So, you definitely want to have an I.D. tag on your furry friend, but, just in case the tag falls off or is taken off, it is always a good idea to have a backup plan. A combination of both an I.D. tag and a microchip can significantly increase your dog’s or cat’s chances of being reunited with you, if they are ever lost or stolen. So, there really are no reasons to not get your animal micro chipped, but there are a few reasons to have a veterinarian implant a microchip into your pet, especially if you live in the big city of San Diego.