LOST DOG FOUND! Thanks, Microchip!

Hooray! Hooray! Springtime is here with summer fast approaching. This is a time for all of us to get outside and enjoy all the fun, and recreational activities, and hopefully a vacation. This is true for our pets as well. They go for more walks, may go camping with you. They may even travel on vacation with the family. We also tend to open our doors more or may have a window propped open to let the cool breezes flow. Wow, makes me want to go out and walk my dog.

However, all this means there is an increased possibility that your pet may escape your watch and become lost. What would you do it this happened? You would probably scan the neighborhood or dispatch search parties. You might create posters with photos and place them around the area or take to  veterinary offices. You might even call veterinary practices and contact shelters. Proper identification is a must to help ensure a speedy and safe return of your pet (cat or dog) to your family. There are over 10 million pets lost every year, and the number one cause of pet death is getting lost. Without proper ID some 90 percent of pets won’t return home. One of the best forms of ID are microchips. With a microchip in place, one phone call can set all of these things in motion.

Microchips are about the size of a grain of rice and are implanted just under the skin of your dog, cat, or other pet (usually in the area between the shoulder blades). They are a passive device meaning that there is no power source within the chip. They contain sort of a bar code that when the reader/scanner is placed over the pet it will read out a unique alpha-numeric number that is your pet’s ID. When the procedure is done, you will register your pet with your contact information into a computer data base for recovery when, and if, needed. As part of the registration, 24/7 emergency medical care, lost pet medical insurance, ID cards, and travel assistance for found pets may be offered.

Microchipping saves lives and greatly increases the likelihood that your pet will be returned home. It is easily done at your veterinarian’s office. Many shelters will microchip pets before they are adopted to their new owners. Collars are great but can fall off, or may not be present, especially with cats. Tags also help, but can fall off as well or wear out to be unreadable. Tattoos are sometimes very hard to read as well as recover information from them. So, as said in the Boy Scout Motto, BE PREPARED!  Have your pet microchipped, and help to make sure your pet is returned to your family safe, sound, and happy.


Photo Credits: Feature image from flickr by idleformat.

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