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Permanent Identification for Your Pet

April 17, 2017


The American Humane Association estimates that more than ten million pets are lost or stolen each year. If you have been looking for ways to protect your dog or cat, consider these statistics. Only about 22 percent of lost dogs and less than 2 percent of lost cats that enter animal shelters are reunited with their families. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the return-to-owner rate for microchipped dogs was over 50 percent and 38 percent for cats. More would have made their way home but only 58 percent of sheltered animals with microchips had current registration information.

Developed by a veterinarian, microchip identification in an inexpensive procedure that can be performed anytime to protect any type of pet, including dogs, cats, exotic animals and more. Not a GPS device, a microchip is an electronic device that is about the size and shape of a grain of rice. The microchipping procedure is about as painful as a vaccination. The veterinarian will inject the tiny device between the shoulder blades beneath the pet's skin. Since each chip is uniquely numbered and not attached to the animal's collar, it becomes a permanent identification for your pet that will not be lost.

Almost every veterinary office, animal hospital and shelter has electronic scanners for detecting and reading implanted microchips. So, if your dog or cat strays and is taken to a vet's office or animal shelter, there is a good chance they will be reconnected with their owners. However, it is important to register the chip with a national registry and to keep that information current. That way, the microchip registry can contact you via the account information you provided. If your pet hasn't been microchipped, it is a great gift for them and peace of mind for your family. Contact PrimeVET at 904-644-7876 to schedule an appointment with a caring veterinarian.

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