Even though your Furbaby might sprawl across the couch or cuddle you like a human, the truth is they often lack an ability most of us possess – the ability to find their way home. Luckily, having your pet microchipped offers a affordable, pain-free and long-term solution for your furry friend. Microchipping is mandatory in pets throughout most regions in Australia, ensuring that if your dog or cat ends up in a pound or vet clinic near or far they can be safely returned to you as quickly as possible. Take a look at these common yet often over overlooked ways that microchipping can help your furry family member.

If they get into an accident

It’s not nice to think about, but lost pets often find themselves in dangerous situations where they might end up sick or injured. Whether it’s getting into fights with other cats or animals or getting hit by a car, the sad truth is that many pets are taken to clinics for treatment. Due to strict legislation, veterinarians must receive consent from pet owners before commencing lifesaving treatment. First aid will be applied but it is vital you are able to be contacted if your pet finds themselves in this predicament. Microchips help save pet’s lives.

If they get out of the yard

While some dogs and cats have been known to find their way back after a day or so of wandering around the neighbourhood, these are certainly the exceptions to the rule. The truth is that your pet only knows a limited amount of information on how to get home, so if they accidentally wander too far one day they might very well find themselves completely lost. A microchip will ensure that they can be brought home to you if they are found wandering the streets.

When you move house

Getting your pet used to your new area can take time. They are likely to feel cautious and slightly disoriented which is why it is suggested to keep cats inside. Dogs and cats are inquisitive creatures and it is common for them to sneak out to go exploring. If they aren’t familiar with the new neighbourhood and aren’t sure how to get home this can be a problem. Having your pets microchipped ensures you’re able to be contacted if a good Samaritan hands them in to your local vet or shelter.

It is vital you keep your pet’s microchip details up-to-date. If you’re not sure how to do this, visit your veterinarian. They will give you the microchip number and a list of the relevant databases to contact. If your pet’s microchip details aren’t current, you can’t be contacted in the event your pet is missing.