Spring Fever: How a Microchip Can Save Your Pet

This has been an interminable winter, with polar vortices swirling all about and the piles of snow reaching to the rafters, but it is finally, officially over. RIP, winter, you’ll not be missed!

We can now look forward to warming weather, some outside time and the return of vitamin D to our systems. Spring and summer are the best times to get outside and get active with your family and pets, but there are a few things to be aware of: namely that in spring, dogs and cats get hit with the same bug we do — spring fever. They want to get out there and get busy, sometimes literally and sometimes metaphorically.

Now that the icicles are gone and you can actually see the ground, dogs and cats sometimes want to see what that garden gate looks like open and make a run for it. Intact pets (those that have not been neutered or spayed) are especially prone to wandering as they are often operating under the influence of intoxicating hormones and pheromones and just can’t help themselves. You know what they say about spring and what our minds turn to — well, pets are no different.

So, Rule #1 when spring hits is to make sure that your pets are securely contained. Make sure that the gate hasn’t been blown open by a winter storm or that a few fence slats haven’t been dislodged by the snowplow. It only takes a moment to slip out of the backyard and many pets who do this end up either in the ER, the pound or worse. Good fences not only make for good neighbors, they make for safe pets, too.

Rule #2 is to make sure that your pet has ID. Cats and collars, dogs and dog tags — make sure they have something on their person that has your phone number. And make sure it’s a current phone number, too! When someone finds Fido, it won’t do any good if they are calling where you lived during the Clinton administration.

Collars and tags can fall off, though, so you might want to talk with your veterinarian about the benefits of a microchip for your pet.  Microchips are injected under the skin and provide a permanent, safe and reliable means of reuniting your pet with you. And don’t listen to the whackos who claim that microchips cause medical problems — they have no scientific basis and are just stirring up unnecessary grief.

Microchips are a vital link in returning your pet to you! When your pet gets lost, nearly every pet ER, vet hospital and animal shelter in the country has a scanner that can pick up the microchip. It’s then a simple matter of calling the company and getting your contact info. Over the years, I have returned many pets back to their owners or have been able to contact them when their pets have been brought in by good Samaritans. Keeping your information current with the company and the vet hospital that implanted the chip is important, too, in order for the system to work and get your pet safely back home.

The other thing that spring brings is parasites — fleas and ticks. So here’s rule #3 — keep them protected from external parasites with easy, monthly PetArmor Plus IGR topical preventative. With a little prevention in the form of PetArmor you can rest assured, knowing that your pet is safe from the annoyance an danger of disease-carrying fleas and ticks, once a month in an easy topical form.

So, get out there and enjoy the nice weather and get your pet out there with you for some fresh air, sunshine and activity! Just take a few precautionary steps first to make sure everything goes smoothly and no one gets lost. Boo winter! Hooray for spring!

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