This up-coming week is National Pet ID week. Let’s kick it off with a quick run through of ways you can make sure your pet can be identified and returned, if ever lost. This is important because the American Humane Association estimates over 10 million dogs and cats are lost or stolen in the U.S. every year. One in three pets will become lost at some point during their life.
Firstly, what is a microchip? A microchip is the size of a grain of rice, it goes beneath your pet’s skin. This is a permanent ID that can never be removed!
Most pets who are adopted from shelters or rescues and even some pets from breeders may already come micro-chipped. If they are not, it’s a safe and easy procedure–and a one time deal. At Clinton Vet we offer micro-chipping when spaying or neutering, but it can be done even in the exam room with no anesthesia. Once the chip is implanted, it lasts for your pets lifetime and with one scan that unique ID number is revealed and can be used to look up your personal information. It’s important to keep your information up-to-date so you can be contacted if your pet is lost. The first step is implanting the chip, but it’s up to the owners in registering and keeping that information up-to-date on a yearly basis or in the event of a change of address or new phone numbers. Sometimes pets run away or lose their collars with the tags on them, having a microchip provides a permanent ID that cannot be removed or lost.
It’s not just dogs who can be implanted with a microchip. Cats can also be micro-chipped. In one recent study it showed that “the return to owner rate is 20 times higher” when your cat has a microchip. Your kitty family members will thank you when they are returned to their home if they ever find themselves lost.
Keeping a collar with identification on your pet is means of initial identification. There are tons of cool, neat collar ID tags. One of my favorites right now is the tiny Connecticut license tag, but of course there are tons of unique, individualized ones you can choose from. In addition to personalized tags, the rabies tag which goes home after each rabies vaccination, is a valuable identification source as well. Make sure you keep and put this tag onto your dogs collar after your visit to the veterinarian for your rabies vaccine.
Let’s recap, having your pet micro-chipped is important and allows your family friend to be returned to you if ever lost, found and then scanned! Also, keeping a collar on your pet whenever outside is important for initial identification. So, let’s go forth and rest comfortably knowing if ever lost our pets will be returned home with the aid of microchips and identification tags. Call today to schedule your appointment to have your pet micro-chipped!