Some estimates put your pet’s chances of being lost someday at 1 in 3. Although no one wants to think of such a terrible event, good planning can ensure that your pet finds his way home again.
In addition to keeping collars and tags in good condition, microchipping your pets is a good option. A microchip is injected just under the skin, usually at the back of the neck. Over time, the chip may move throughout the body, but shelters and veterinarians will scan the entire body for a chip.
However, even if they find a chip, they may not be able to track the owner.
Changes in address, telephone number, or ownership need to be recorded with the microchip provider’s database in order for rescuers to find the owner. You can also register your animal with a services like Home Again (http://public.homeagain.com/), and even sign up for email alerts about missing pets in your neighborhood.
To keep your pooch safe (or even indoor cats!), make sure to chip, register, and regularly update your pet’s information.
Thanks to Elise Poston for this submission. Look for more Did You Know tidbits from Elise in future editions of Scampers Weekly Recap.