Microchipping Your Pet!

by | Mar 18, 2015 | Blog

Our clinic recommends Microchipping to protect your pet if it is ever lost or separated from you. If you are like millions of animal owners, your pet is an important member of your household. On average, one in three pets will go missing in their lifetime. These chances are almost a guarantee during a natural disaster. There is no way to predict when or where you will become separated from your pet. The likely-hood that you will be reunited with them depends largely on emergency planning done today.

In the midst of a natural disaster, animals become very nervous, scared, disoriented, hurt and confused. A dog who usually can follow a scent home may only be inhaling the smell of wildfire ashes. A cat that uses familiar sights like trees and buildings may lose their bearings without her known landmarks- torn down in the winds of a tornado. Only 10 % of lost dogs without identification are reunited with their owners. Sadly, for a cat without identification, that number drops to only 2 % who are returned home. All pets should wear collars with their name and owners phone number.  But a microchip provides permanent identification that cannot fall off, be removed, or become impossible to read. With Microchipping 94% of pets are returned to their families.

Dog and cat Microchipping is a simple procedure. The veterinarian simply injects a microchip about the size of a grain of rice beneath the service of the skin between the shoulder blades. The process is similar to a routine vaccination and no anesthetic is required. The microchip itself has no internal energy source so it will a lifetime of your pet. When your pet becomes lost and is taken to a shelter or veterinarian, it will be scanned by 1 of 50,000 scanners nationwide to read a unique code in a database that has your contact information stored for a happy homecoming. Country Friends Veterinarian Clinic offers the Home Again Recovery System. Enrolling in the Home Again Recovery Services includes additional benefits such as the national lost pet recovery network, 24/7 lost pet specialist, rapid lost pet alerts, personalized pet posters, a 24/7 emergency medical hotline, and travel assistance for pets which covers up to 500.00 in pet airfare when your pet is found over 500 miles away. Our staff wishes to keep you and your loved ones together. Please give us a phone call to microchip your loved one today.