April is Active Dog Month
The month of April is Active Dog Month. This month-long…
As dog lovers, of course we want to make sure accidents are prevented.
But unfortunately, accidents do happen. Someone might leave the front door open. Our dog might dig under the white wooden fence in the back yard that was designed to keep her in. Or, she might rip her leash away from us because she just has to catch that squirrel.
There are many occasions where our dog can get lost.
Now, you might be thinking… “he has his collar with his identification tags on so his collar so he’ll be back.” But what if the collar comes off somehow? Then what?
Up to 8 million dogs and cats end up in shelters each year. Out of all of these fluffy kitties and cuddly pups, only 15-20% of dogs and 2% of cats are reunited with their families. Once they arrive in the shelter, there’s no way to tell who their family is…unless.
To protect their pets, many dog and cat lovers are turning to microchips which are a tiny piece of technology that’s implanted into our pet. Don’t worry, it’s essentially the same as getting a vaccine.
What is a Microchip?
The microchip is generally placed beneath the surface of your pet’s skin between his shoulder blades. It’s not an extensive process and it only takes a few minutes. And, there’s no anesthetic required.
How the Microchip Works
The tiny microchip gives you the extra protection you need to keep your pet safe. It’s not a GPS system, but if your pet is found by literally anyone, he or she can be taken to the veterinarian or local humane society to get scanned. Then, boom! All of your information will be available. It’s that simple.
Each microchip has its own unique identification code. That’s how advanced this little piece of technology is. And nearly every veterinarian, humane society, or shelter has the scanner.
When the scanner detects the chip, the identification number connects to dog to you and/or your family. Once your information is written down, your dog or cat can then be returned to you.
But, you can’t forget to keep your information up-to-date. It’s not hard to do and it only takes a few minutes. Just make sure the correct address and phone number is always provided. You can even add a photograph of your pet if you would like to.
If your pet has medical needs that need attended to, include those as well when you’re entering information.
Can the Microchip Get Lost in my Pet?
You don’t have to worry about the microchip getting lost in your dog or cat’s body. Microchips are designed to work for 25 years. Once implanted, you can rely on the microchip working for the remainder of his or her life.
The microchip may move slightly, but it won’t migrate far. The microchip should always be able to be found.
To keep your mind at ease, when you’re at your veterinarian’s office, you can ask him or her to scan your pet. Then, see what it shows.
There’s no better way to show how much microchipping helps you, and your pets, than testimonials. The link provided is for PetKey, but feel free to do your own research as well.
PetFirst Pet Insurance offers Routine Wellness Coverage that helps to cover the costs to microchip your pet. . Get a quote today.
Guest Blogger: Amber Drake