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How Microchipping Your Dog May Keep Him Safe (Or Aid In Return)
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How Microchipping Your Dog and Cat May Help Keep Them Safe (Or Aid In Return)

by PetFirst Pet Insurance
2 years ago

April 23 is Lost Dog Awareness Day. This is a day set aside to remember those dogs who have been lost and not yet reunited with their pet parents.

It is also a day to raise awareness of what pet parents can do to keep their beloved dogs safe and aid in their return if they do get lost.  

There are startling statistics for lost and/or stolen dogs: 

  • Only one in ten pets are reunited with their families 
  • More than ten million pets are lost annually 
  • Every five seconds a family pet is lost 

If you have ever lost your dog, you can understand the fear and panic that sets in.

If you’ve been reunited, you count yourself as fortunate and know you will take whatever steps are necessary to assure it never happens again.  

As a pet parent, you can speak with your veterinarian and discuss the process and benefits of getting both dogs and cats microchipped. A dog or cat can be microchipped in the vet’s office in a matter of seconds. A tiny chip, the size of a piece of rice, is inserted under your pet’s skin between his shoulder blades.

Proponents of microchipping believe that if your pet is chipped you are increasing the possibility of your pet being returned to you – and this may be true. 

We believe in a multi-point approach to keeping our dogs and cats safe and to enhance the chance of their being returned.

In addition to having a pet microchipped, we also believe that if our pets are wearing a collar with a tag with your up-to-date contact information that it may increase the chances your pet will be returned to you. 

Why wear a collar along with being chipped?  

If your dog or cat is chipped, that is great BUT you may also want to have her wear a collar.

  • If someone finds your pet you have to believe that person will take the time to take your pet to a veterinarian or a local shelter to have him scanned to see if he or she is chipped or they can use the collar information to contact you instead if they are not near an open facility with a scanner.
  • Your pets chip may or may not be compatible with the scanner the vet or shelter uses and sometimes chips migrated from the shoulder blade area and the person scanning might not be able to find it right away or at all.
  • If you have moved addresses you need to have logged into the chip registry and updated your current address and phone number as well – both collar and chip information should always be updated so there are options when someone locates your lost pet. 

If your pet gets out without you and someone finds him or her – seeing a collar and a tag might make that stranger be more likely to approach your dog to identify them. A collar can be a good representation that the lost dog or cat is cared for and most likely belongs to someone.

If the person who finds your dog sees the tag, he or she can call you and help get you reunited. It is much easier for a stranger to reach out to a pet parent about a found dog or cat if it is easy for that stranger to contact you. 

Ways to keep your pet safe from running away and/or getting lost:  

  • Keep your dog on a leash. Unless your dog is in a fenced-in area where there are no holes from which he or she can escape.
  • If you have people coming to your home, keep your dog and cat away from the door. They may get scared because of the activity and dash out the door.  
  • Make certain your pets wear collars with tags that have your current contact information. When you collar your cat, use a cat-safe collar that will break away if your cat jumps somewhere and gets caught.  
  • If your dog or cat has a microchip, have your vet check it annually to make certain it is still in place.  
  • Keep your contact information up-to-date in the microchip registry.
  • Always have current photos of your dog or cat. If you have a dog who gets groomed, take a photo of him pre-grooming and post-grooming so you have current photos of his current state if he or she runs away. 
  • Take photos of you with your dog in case you need to prove he or she is yours.  

Be Prepared:

We hope you never have to deal with losing your beloved dog or cat. Having them microchipped and wearing a collar though may just help you be reunited if they were to ever escape.

As pet parents, it’s our responsibility to keep our cats and dogs safe. This means investing in a pet health insurance policy.

When you have a cat insurance or dog insurance policy, you have peace-of-mind that if he or she gets sick or injured, you can pay for his or her care because you’ve been investing in policy to do just that.

Accidents happen and are unexpected, so that’s where pet insurance comes in —let us give you a free quote today.

Robbi Hess is afull-time pet bloggerand multi-published author. She shares her life with a diva Poodle, a goofy Goldendoodle, two Devon Rex, a senior ginger kitty, and three reptiles! 

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