So this weekend I made the decision to have Aeri and Bennett microchipped. I have been going back and forth for a long time about this because I didn't really know if they would work. Living in Memphis is a little different than living in the middle of the country. There aren't as many cars and noises/smells and Aeri doesn't have her fence to run safely around in, she has to be on a leash. Aeri is very skittish due to things that happened to her as a puppy before I adopted her and she gets very scared and won't listen so if she was to get loose I might not be able to catch her. I have had her for 6 years now and it would break my heart to not have her in my life.
If you don't know what a microchip is I will do my best to explain it with the limited knowledge I have.
According to Avid, (the brand of microchip I used in Aeri and Bennett) each year, millions of pets become lost or displaced. In fact, 1 in 3 pets will go missing sometime during their lifetime. A microchip is an implant that identifies your pet. The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is injected with a big needle. Our vet injected them both between the shoulder blades and was done at the same time they were receiving their routine vaccinations and they didn't seem to even notice she was doing anything to them. She also told us that they shouldn't be affected any by it except maybe a little swelling and we could give them both baby aspirin for it.
Luckily the microchip is permanent and will never have to be changed. When we had the chips placed we got a unique number for both pets. Avid has a website to register the numbers and our information so if Aeri or Bennett were to ever get away and found their way to a shelter, they would know how to get ahold of us. I wanted to find something better than just a tag because collars can be lost, and Aeri has had a habit in the past of getting loose and being hard to catch.
The cost was actually a lot cheaper than I expected. To have the chip placed at the vet cost $35 and then to register the numbers online cost $20 for life. So for a total of $55 I am able to know that if Aeri or Bennett was to get lost we have a higher probability of finding them and getting them back. There is no amount I wouldn't pay for that little piece of mind.
So lovelies, what are your thoughts on microchips? Are you for or against? Also do you have any furry members of your own family, I love hearing about furbabies and the adorable things they do!