According to the American Humane Association, only about seventeen percent of lost dogs and two percent of cats ever find their way back from shelters to their original owners. Almost 9.6 million pets are euthanized every year because their owners can’t be found. There are ways to beat these odds though, and they involve using name-tags, collars, and microchips.
Only micro-chipping is permanent. Tags and collars can become loose and fall off, but a microchip will stay in place for the lifetime of your pet!
Sadly, we get lost pets brought to the clinic on nearly a weekly basis. We always post on Facebook with photos when this happens. As a community, we do a really great job of sharing these photos so the owner can be eventually found but even those percentages aren’t great. However, if each pet was chipped, we could very simply scan the chip and call the owner immediately. The pet wouldn’t need to feel lost, confused or scared.
A microchip is a tiny computer chip, about the size of a grain of rice that is inserted under the pet’s skin between the shoulder blades.
At the Day and Evening Pet Hospital, we use 24PetWatch Microchips. As soon as the chip is implanted in your pet, we register that number here at the clinic. That number goes in to their national database, where your information is linked to your pet.
Microchipping is a very inexpensive form of identification that provides owners with peace of mind.
Call us today to schedule an appointment! 727-785-7200
For those of you who already have a chip in your pet, come on by and get a free check to make sure your chip still scans with the correct name, address and phone number!