Indoor cats slip out an open door, dogs wriggle out of their collars…becoming lost is one of the biggest risks for our beloved pets.
According to the American Humane Society, 10 million pets are lost each year in the United States. The majority of these pets end up in shelters, and only 10% of dogs and 2% of cats without permanent identification find their way home.
The best form of permanent identification is a microchip. Microchips are about the size of a grain of rice and placed under the skin. Using radio frequency identification, the chip can be read by a handheld device to show a unique ID number that is registered to you as the owner.
Should your pet be separated from you and taken to a vet clinic or shelter, they will be scanned and if a chip is found, the staff can access registration information from a national database. This is why it’s crucial you register your pet’s chip, and keep your contact information updated. Once you are identified, the staff can contact you to arrange the safe return of your pet.
Microchips are an inexpensive way to help ensure your furry family members make it home from an unexpected adventure!
In partnership with Willamette Veterinary Hospital
& Eastgate Veterinary Clinic
Jilinda Lewis, DVM Ark Animal Hospital