Howdy neighbors! I’ve been noticing a recent uptick in families becoming separated from their loved furry companions in our community. Especially now that it’s getting cold out, it’s important to make sure your pets are microchipped!
A common misconception about microchips is that they serve as a “GPS tracker.” Microchips are actually just a permanent method of identification for your pet; it’s about the size of a grain of rice, and is inserted into your pet’s shoulder-blades, usually by your veterinarian. While the truth might sound a bit disheartening, that doesn’t mean microchips should be ignored! They still play an important role in the safety of our animal friends! Make sure your veterinarian explains how the microchip works if in case it ever has to be put to use!
Shouldn’t a collar with an ID tag be enough? Unfortunately, sometimes when animals decide to explore the neighborhood without their owner’s permission, they might accidentally slip out of their collars, losing their only method of identification. With a microchip, if somebody finds the animal and takes them to a veterinarian, the vet can scan the microchip and find out who the owners are.
If your pet already has a microchip, please be sure to also confirm that the company who created the microchip also has your current address and phone number. Many times, people will change numbers and addresses but forget to notify the microchip company!
In other news…I stepped in some lovely person’s dog droppings this morning. Please be sure to pick up after your furry family members!
Thanks for reading!