Monday, August 6, 2012

Make Your Pet Safer With a Microchip

Cheyenne the boxer bolted while on a walk. Gracie the beagle was frightened by fireworks and forced her way under the fence. Gretel the cat didn’t return from her daily walk around the back yard. Rosco, a beloved rescue dog was taken by a vengeful ex-boyfriend.
Some of these pets were missing for as little as 2 hours or as long as 2 years. But these dog and cat stories all ended happily because they all had a HomeAgain microchip.
Many of the pets mentioned in the stories above were found because of the services that accompany the chip like the Lost Pet Alert broadcasts to veterinarians and shelters or the yellow collar tag that alerts people that your pet has a microchip. Other services let owners make Lost Pet posters from templates on the HomeAgain website.

What: HomeAgain® Microchipping Clinic

When: Friday, August 17, 2012

10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m - Come and Go
/ Snacks and Beverages served.

Service: Microchip and Lifetime registration for $48.60 ($10 Off)

How it Works
A microchip with a unique identification code is implanted under the skin between the shoulders of the pet. The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and you cannot see it after it is implanted in the dog or cat. The procedure is simple and similar to administering a vaccine.
Your pet is also enrolled in the HomeAgain Recovery Service. HomeAgain maintains a national database and is available 24-hours daily, 365 days a year. When a lost pet is found, it can be scanned at an animal shelter or the clinic of a participating veterinarian. The animal’s identification number is called into HomeAgain, and the pet owner is notified immediately.
Currently, more than two and a quarter million pets are microchipped with HomeAgain and enrolled in the HomeAgain Recovery Service. Today, pet recoveries as a result of the HomeAgain microchip have grown to an average of 7,000 per month in the U.S.
The facts:
  1. 30-60% of lost pets in shelters are euthanized because they cannot be properly identified. Only about 14% of dogs and 4% of cats placed in shelters are returned to their owners.
  2. Less than 25% of all animals that enter shelters are adopted by new owners.
  3. About 2 million pets that are reported missing each year may be victims of theft.
  4. Collar tags are a great way to identify lost pets and reunite them with their owners, but they can easily come off or be removed.
  5. Reading a microchip is easier than trying to read the tattoo of a frightened stray animal.
  6. Microchipping is permanent, completely unalterable, and does not change or harm the appearance of the animal in any way. The procedure is safe, inexpensive, fast and virtually painless for the animal.
  7. There are about 50,000 microchip scanners currently in use by shelters and veterinarians.
Fit Pet Month - Update
Last month we focused on feeding your pet the right amount of food and several of you have reported remarkable results from making this adjustment. Congratulations, keep up this valuable change for your pet. Studies show that pets with correct weight and body scores live significantly longer lives than pets that are overweight. If you would like a free nutritional consult for your pet, just call us and make an appointment with one of our Certified Veterinary Assistants.