Microchipping Your Pet

One statistic that shows the importance of having your pets microchipped is that 


will go missing. However, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), microchipped dogs are returned to their owner around 52% of the time, while dogs without a microchip are returned 22% of the time. That staggering statistic widens even further when looking at cats. Only about 2% of lost cats are reconnected with their owners if they aren’t microchipped. That number jumps up to nearly 39% for microchipped cats. 

As you can see, microchipping your pet will increase the likelihood of their being returned home by a huge margin. In fact, HomeAgain Microchips has already reconnected over 2 million lost pets with their owners! Not only does it help you reconnect with your pet, but it also helps prevent pet homelessness! For each that is returned home, that’s one less homeless pet!

At the end of the day, pet owners want the peace of mind, knowing that if for some reason they get separated from their pet, they’ve done everything they can do to increase the odds of reconnecting with them. That is the biggest reason we recommend pet owners have their furbabies microchipped.

What are Microchips?

If a pet gets lost, it can have a devastating impact on an individual or entire family. Unfortunately, collars with tags can be lost, and tattoos may fade over time or escape the notice of a shelter. Because of the relative unreliability of these identification methods, microchip insertions are growing in popularity. Microchips cannot be lost and will not fade. Shelters check for them regularly. You can rest assured knowing that should your pet get lost, there will always be a simple means for whoever finds your pet to determine where your pet belongs.

A microchip is only about the size of a grain of rice, and yet it can provide a permanent and capable means of identification for your pet. The procedure for microchip insertion is safe, swift, simple, low-stress, virtually painless, and highly effective. A chip containing an ID number is injected into the back of the neck between your pet’s shoulder blades, into the tissues beneath the skin using a hypodermic needle.

Your pet experiences no more pain or discomfort than you would in a simple vaccination, so anesthesia is not a necessity for this procedure. A scanner can read an ID number. Most veterinary hospitals, animal control bureaus, SPCA’s, and other organizations are likely to receive stray animals routinely use to scan cats and dogs whose owners are unknown. Once they find the chip, they will access a national database by phone to find the pet’s registered owner. However, for this system to work, the owner must register the chip number. That is why our veterinary hospital offers chip implantation and the required paperwork for the owner to register the chip.

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We know you love taking your pet on adventures. The only single drawback of having your pet join you is the possibility of them running away or getting loose. Sometimes being outside can bring a whole new set of emotions to your pet. The excitement of new smells and their curiosity can sometimes get the best of them. But not to worry, we gathered a few tips to ease any worry that you may have to help keep your pets safe.

Pet Identification

Your pet should always have a tag attached to their collar that includes the pet’s name, your phone number, and proof of vaccinations. Not only does that information make it easier for someone to contact you, but it also allows them to call the pet by its name, which could help keep it calm, and be assured that your pet is safe to handle, as it’s been vaccinated. An even better idea is to have your pet microchipped. This is a very simple procedure to ensure that your pet can be identified, and you can easily be contacted. While both options are great, to maximize your ability to reconnect with your pet if lost, just do both!

Correctly Sized Collars and Leashes

Your pet’s collar and leash size will play a huge part in keeping your pets within your reigns, but it also directly ties into your pet’s identification. That said, it’s obvious that a collar left too loose will allow your pet to slip out. But how tight is too tight? The general rule to follow is that you should be able to fit two fingers between the collar and your pet’s neck. This leaves adequate room for comfort, but enough tension to keep the collar on. Lastly, some pet owners don’t consider the width of the collar, but it is important that bigger pets have wider, stronger collar and leash.

Proper Training

This one can be tough. It requires that you as the owner stay calm and direct your pet, and your pet to comply. With that in mind, if you plan to take your pet out and about with you, they should know a few commands and be able to react to them without regard to what may be going on around them. For example, if your pet has an instinct to follow a smell, a simple “come” command should override this impulse they have. This is much easier said than done, which is why proper training is crucial.

Be Prepared

If the unthinkable, and horrid situation does arise, and your pet happens to get loose, you’ll need a plan. Many neighborhoods have message boards or Facebook groups. This is a great place to start. After all, the more eyes and awareness, the better chance you’ll have of finding your pet. Make sure you have pictures of your pet, that way people know exactly what to look for.

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