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.
Additionally with the hurricane season upon us, we can help you prepare you and your pet if a separation were to occur.
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 (using a needle) between the shoulder blades. It is a non-surgical procedure and takes a matter of seconds to do. The chip carries a number with it and that number can be picked up by a scanner. This number is entered into a database with contact information so your pet can be returned to you! The pain for your pet will be as little as it is to get blood drawn; however, if you are worried about your pet, it can be inserted while getting a dental cleaning, a spay or neuter.
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.
Micro-chipping is an inexpensive form of identification that provides owners with peace of mind. Call us today to schedule an appointment!