Spring has sprung! Bring on the sunshine and warm temperatures! This time of year makes just about everyone want to get outdoors, stretch their legs and explore. Even our furry friends may want to take a stroll supervised or not. Sometimes our dogs and cats slip out of the door or the fence and before you know it, they’re gone.
No matter how your furry friend gets loose, you have only one wish…get them home safely.
Placing a microchip in your pet greatly improves your chances of being reunited. Without a microchip, only 17% of lost pets are reunited with their families. A study at the University of Columbus found cats with microchips were 20 times more likely to return to their families and dogs were 2 ½ times more likely to be returned home if they had a microchip.
How does it work? A small microchip- no bigger than a grain of rice- is inserted between your pet’s shoulder blades. It’s quick, easy and no more painful than getting a vaccination. The microchip acts like a bar code. Once implanted, the number will always stay with your pet and
allow veterinarians and animal shelters to identify the number using a scanner. They will then contact the numbers’ corresponding database (there are several) and get your contact information. The final step is to call you and tell you the good news…they have found your sweet furry friend!
It is very important to keep your contact information up to date and microchips do not take the place of collars and tags. Ask the crew as Sunset Veterinary Clinic about how to schedule your pet for a microchip placement. Let us help you keep them safe.