The American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association and the Humane Society of the United States all recommend microchipping. In one study, 73.9 percent of the owners wanted the animals back in their homes, meaning that these were domestic pets that had been lost, not abandoned. One in every three pets will become lost during its lifetime. Only about 15% of dogs and 2% of cats without permanent identification are returned to their owners. Approximately 9 million companion animals are admitted to shelters in the U.S. every year. Many of these are euthanized because their owners cannot be found. Healthy Pets MVS charges only $45 for microchipping. Healthy Pets MVS uses universal scanners, which read multiple microchip frequencies sold by different microchip manufacturers. Healthy Pets MVS microchips are also internationally recognized and meet ISO requirements (International Organization for Standardization). This promotes compatibility between chips and scanners. Registration and keeping your contact information updated is just as important as microchipping. In a study in which owners were not found, the reasons included incorrect phone numbers (35.4 percent), owners’ failure to return phone calls or respond to letters (24.3 percent), unregistered microchips (9.8 percent) or microchips registered in a database that differed from the manufacturer (17.2 percent). Healthy Pets MVS automatically registers every implanted microchip into a national database. Microchips are injected between the shoulder blades, about as quick as a vaccination. The needle never goes into the muscle, and most pets go through the one-time process without a problem. Identification tags can become lost easily, and tattoos may not always be legible. Only a pet microchip can offer a truly permanent identification. Hundreds of thousands of pets have returned home thanks to a microchip.
All microchip statistics have been sourced from a study conducted by Linda Lord, Walter Ingwersen, Janet Gray, & David Wintz in association with The Ohio State University and various other agencies, and works published by the American Humane Society.