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3 Reasons to Microchip Your Pet

This last week I finally opened my windows to let in a bit of fresh spring air! As I saw my window sitting open and my cats basking in the faint warmth of the early spring sun, I was reminded of the warm-weather precautions that need to be taken to ensure our pets don’t wander off through an open door or window.

Unfortunately, we can only be so careful when it comes to our adventure-loving pets. We need to prepare for the door that didn’t close all the way, the squirrel that was just too exciting to “heal” for, or the smell that must be sniffed no matter where it takes them.

Microchipping your pets, even your indoor cats, is so important and one of the best ways to prepare for their unexpected (and inevitable) solo outings…

1. Permanent Identification

Our pets are really just a bunch of furry Houdinis. They can get into and out of anything and everything–including their collars. Microchipping provides quick, affordable, and permanent identification for your pets. There’s no way they’re going to magic themselves out of this one!

2. Proves Ownership and Provides Contact Information

If your pet is delivered to an animal shelter, stolen (unfortunately it happens), or there’s ever question as to who the owner is, one quick scan will prove once and for all who is responsible for your pet.

Found a lost pet? Bring them to the nearest vet to have them scan for a chip.

3. Love Knows No Bounds…

And incidentally, neither do microchips. Whether you were travelling when your pet went missing or you simply didn’t know about the shelter on the other side of town, microchipping your pets may mean that your pet finds you before you can find them!

Loudoun County Animal Services and veterinary offices are equipped with scanners to detect microchips in pets. Many animal shelters scan for microchips upon arrival and can contact you in the event that your pet has ended up in their care. However, in order for them to contact you, you need to keep your pet’s microchip registration up-to-date!

Collars are great; they’re stylish and provide essential information for the neighbor two doors down to call and tell you that your cat has taken residence on their patio furniture. But our pets are wonderfully unpredictable beings that may need a little more help getting home. Give them the security of always spending the night in their own bed: microchip your pets!

What else you can do

While it’s an absolute nightmare to think of our pets getting lost, it’s important to be prepared. Loudoun County Animal Services recommends creating a pet identification kit with all of your pet’s information:

  • A full body, color picture of your pet.
  • A written description of what your pet looks like, including breed, coat and tail length, color, size, weight as well as unique and distinguishing features. You should also include if your pet has a microchip, collar, tag or tattoo.
  • Your contact details, including the best phone number to reach you.

LCAS also maintains a microchip registry for Loudoun County residents. Contact them with the microchip number for your cat or dog. If your pet should end up in the shelter, staff can scan for the chip and match it to the number on file for you – which means you get your wanderer back home faster.

Learn more about free and low-cost microchipping at Loudoun County Animal Services .