It is National Pet Identification Week – the perfect time to ensure you’ve taken every precaution to be reunited with your pet if he or she becomes lost.
Some eye-opening numbers:
- 1 in 3 pets get lost at least once in their lifetime
- Over 10 million dogs and cats are lost or stolen every year
- Only about 22% of lost pets that entered animal shelters were reunited with their families. However, the return-to-owner rate for microchipped pets was over 52%
Oh no! The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) recently found that only 33% of pet parents admitted to always having ID tags on their dogs and cats.
Collars with ID tags are a reliable way to identify your pet should he become lost. The tag should include:
- Pets name
- Owners name and address (if comfortable disclosing)
- Telephone numbers (day and evening)
- Any medical problem requiring medication (may require separate tag)
- Veterinarians name and number, if possible (included on rabies tag)
- Reward offer should pet become lost (optional)
We also recommend pets get microchipped in our office. Collars with IT tags are accessible to anyone who finds your lost pet, but can become hard to read, broken or removed. Microchipping your pet is a method of permanent identification.
How does the microchip work?
- The microchip is injected under your pet’s skin similar to when your pet receives vaccinations. No anesthesia is necessary for implanting the microchip.
- Each microchip contains a unique number that belongs to your pet only.
- You will need to register your pet’s unique number with a national pet recovery database.
- When your pet becomes lost, shelters and veterinary facilities will scan your pet for a microchip using a universal scanner. The scanner detects your pet’s unique number in the implanted microchip.
- A simple phone call to the national registry begins the process of reuniting you with your pet.
What the microchip does not do:
- Store your personal information. The registry agency keeps this information secure in their databases; the information is not shared with anyone. The registry contacts you directly if your pet becomes lost.
- Microchips are not tracking devices.
- Emit signals/energy. Only the specialized scanner can detect the unique microchip number inside your pet.
- Do not hurt your pet
- Do not require surgery
- Do not wear out
Don’t let your pet become a statistic! Take these few precautions to help your pet return safely home. Call us at 822-4779 or schedule an appointment online for their microchip insertion.