1. More than 10 million dogs and cats in the U.S. are lost or stolen every year.
2. On average, only 22% of lost dogs and less than 2% of lost cats in animal shelters are reunited with their families, but those numbers increase to 52% of microchipped dogs and 39% of microchipped cats.
3. Although microchips are permanent and tamper-proof, they should be used in conjunction with visible identification tags. It is a quick process to return a pet with an ID tag.
4. Your contact details and your pet's medical information can be stored in the microchip database for easy reference when the microchip is scanned.
5. Your veterinarian can implant a microchip quickly during a routine visit by injecting the chip under your pet's skin with a hypodermic needle. Your pet won't need surgery or anesthesia.