Microchip: A tiny decision to keep your pets safe

Microchip: A tiny decision to keep your pets safe

All of you J.R.R. Tolkien fans may remember a certain wizard advising Frodo that “Not all who wander are lost…” And while that may be true in Middle Earth, here on actual earth, if your pet is out wandering around by themselves, there’s a pretty good chance that they are indeed lost.

One of the easiest ways to help ensure a safe return home, should your fur baby decide to take a journey without you, is getting them micro chipped. Micro chipping your pet is an effortless procedure akin to getting a routine vaccine. A veterinarian simply inserts a microchip (roughly the size of a grain of rice) between your pets’ shoulder blades with a special syringe. This microchip then uses a radio frequency to transmit an ID number specifically assigned to your pet via a scanning device.  

Learn how it worked for Cassie…

Cassie is a 2 year old husky that went missing on May 26, 2016 from her backyard in Sacramento.  She was found by a member of the PEC staff over 3 months later in West Roseville!  The tags on her collar had fallen off, but lucky for her she had a microchip.  Even better, the microchip information was correct!  Her family could hardly believe that she was found and was perfectly healthy.  Cassie was extremely happy to be home since she has a special roll belonging to a 5 year old boy with autism.

One VERY important thing to remember is to always ensure that you have the proper contact information on file with the microchip company. Often pet’s microchips are never registered or are not current rendering them useless.  A change of address or a new phone number definitely needs to be updated as soon as possible.  

Your pets bring so much joy in your life…return the favor by keeping them as safe as possible. Getting a microchip for them can be the difference between a happy homecoming, and another animal shelter statistic…

On behalf of Cassie, microchip!

  -Twilight

 

 

 

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