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 micro-chips.
Out of these three forms of identification, only micro-chipping is permanent. Tags and collars can become loose and fall off, but a micro-chip will stay in place for the lifetime of your pet!
A micro-chip 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. It only takes a couple of seconds to insert and is virtually painless for your pet.
At the Day and Evening Pet Hospital, we use 24 PetWatch 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.
If the unfortunate happened and your dog or cat ran away from home but someone found your pet, all they would need to do would be to take your pet into the local vet, pound or Humane Society location to get a scan. If your pet is microchipped, which the scan will pick up, the personnel performing the scan would very easily be able to get your information from the database and get ahold of you regarding your lost pet.
Micro-chipping is an inexpensive form of identification that provides owners with peace of mind. Call us today to schedule an appointment!