It is an unfortunate truth that thousands of pets go missing every year. At times these pets are found bedraggled, frightened, yet healthy, and handed over to the local animal shelter to find the owners. Many of these wonderful pets had been equipped with identification collars and tags, but the collars had fallen off or the writing became illegible. Regrettably, some of these pets are euthanized. An Avid Microchip is our furry friend’s best chance of safely returning home. In a recent study involving over 7,700 stray pets1, the number of non-microchipped dogs that were safely returned home was just under 22%. Many owners are unaware the chances of finding their lost pets are as low as one in five. You can drastically increase these odds by providing the proper identification for your pet.
Microchips provide permanent information that can be updated through online services to ensure the information is always up-to-date. Not to mention, the process to microchip a pet is quick procedure. The chip is safe, reliable, and roughly the size of a grain of rice which is inserted into the scruff of the neck. If lost, your pet can always be identified with a scanner; and if someone is claiming your pet as their own, the microchip can prove the pet is yours.
At Western Veterinary Clinic, we highly recommend the use of a microchip as soon as possible. Especially during the summer months, because of family vacations and the fourth of July. More pets go missing on July 4th than any other day. For this reason, we ask that you please have your pet microchipped. You’ll never regret doing it, but if your pet gets lost, you’ll always regret that you did not.
Tyler Wolfram works at Western Veterinary Clinic and graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Animal Science.
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