May is Microchip Awareness Month! It is estimated that 1 out of 3 pets become lost at some point in their lifetime and about 10 million dogs and cats are lost in the US each year. Here are a few helpful tips to get you more prepared, in case your animal decides to take a stroll around town without you:
With millions of pets being lost each year, it is important to make sure to take all safety precautions to ensure that your pet gets reunited to your family, if lost.
First, keep a collar with your pet’s name, phone number and/or address. This will help a Good Samaritan easily locate/contact you when your pet is found. Don’t forget collars and ID tags can get lost or damaged, so make sure to replace them regularly.
Second, all dogs and cats should be microchipped by your local veterinarian. Microchips are a quick injection, similar to a vaccine, and are given under the skin between the shoulder blades. When you register your pet’s microchip, shelters and vet clinics are able to scan the pet and upon calling the microchip company, they can retrieve all your contact information.
Why Should I Microchip My Pet?
- Peace of Mind when your pet gets out – there is a greater chance of being reunited
- Great way to confirm that this is your pet when lost, since the microchip company will have all of your contact information
- Quick administration – can be done without anesthesia
- Can check your pet’s temperature by scanning the microchip – no more rectal thermometers needed
If you have not already microchipped your pet, now is the time! Pets can be microchipped at any age, so give us a call and schedule your pet’s microchip appointment! Lets make sure that your dog or cat have every opportunity to get home safe.