For Peace of Mind
Too often we see lost pet flyers stapled to telephone poles and posted at our local grocery stores. As a pet owner we stop and think for a moment how horrified and heartbroken we would be if it was our dog who had gotten through the hole in the fence or our cat who failed to come home for dinner after a day of hunting and playing.
The sad fact is that most pets that disappear never make it back to their families. Less than an estimated 14% of dogs and 4% of cats are ever reunited to their loved ones. The biggest issue for those who find stray pets is the inability to identify and contact the owners.
If you are looking for the best chance to be reunited with your pet in the event they get lost, we recommend having them microchipped.
Tantramar Veterinary Hospital offers the ability to microchip your pet. The procedure is completed in moments and your pet won’t react any more than they would to a vaccination. A small chip (size and shape of a grain of rice) is inserted under the skin near the shoulder blades and scanned to make sure it is correct. This microchip will stay with your pet their entire life.
Animal shelters and many veterinarians are equipped to scan all animals that come in. When scanned, a number will appear on the scanner which when entered into the database will allow the attendant access to your contact information.
My dog has a collar with tags. Why should I microchip?
Often a lost dog can lose its collar and all identification. Tattoos are more permanent, but fade and become illegible over time. Microchipping is the only permanent way to identify your pet.
Should I get my cat microchipped? She is an indoor-only cat.
Too often a cat’s naturally curious instincts can lead them into trouble. A cat that is used to going outside can still be drawn past their safety zone and become lost. An indoor cat that darts around your feet while the door is open is at an even greater disadvantage as they are in a completely new and scary environment. Thousands of cats are turned into the SPCA each year. With the number of strays and lost cats, a microchip could be the only way they are identified and returned to their families.
Don’t just hope that your lost pet will return home. Call us for an appointment to get your furry family member (or members) microchipped. That one appointment could save a lifetime of heartache.