Testing a chip on a kitten

May is National Chip Your Pet Month

May is National Chip Your Pet Month, which is an important reminder to have your pets microchipped if you haven’t already.

How Microchips Work

Microchips are small implants that are placed just under your pet’s skin- typically between the shoulders blades. Microchips are tiny- about the size of a grain of rice. These implants contain contact information that can identify your pet if he or she gets lost. Veterinarians and animal rescues/ shelters can scan pet microchips to get this information and then contact the registry in order to find contact information for the owners.

Benefits of Microchips

Although your pets might wear collars with ID tags, these collars can fall or break off if your pet gets lost. If your pet is chipped and found, he or she can be brought to any veterinarian, rescue or shelter that has a microchip reader and they will scan your pet. After contacting the registry, they can then get in touch with you to let you know where your pet is. Microchipping is generally not a painful process for pets, and there’s only a very small risk of any adverse reactions or side effects.

At Rock N’ Rescue every animal that comes through our doors is microchipped. Adopters are given the registry information and microchip numbers upon adoption.

If your pet isn’t microchipped, please consider doing so ASAP! While our cats are indoor animals, accidents can happen and you want to make sure your feline friend is found and brought home as soon as possible!

By Grace Hooker