2018-01-10 / Front Page

Microchip your pet

Sometimes dogs and cats slip out the door or the fence and before you know it, they’re gone. No matter how they get loose, you have only one wish, to bring them home safely.

A microchip in a dog or cat can help you be reunited. Without a microchip, only 17 percent of lost dogs and cats are reunited with their families. A study at the University of Columbus found cats with microchips were 20 times more likely to return to their families, and dogs were two and a half times more likely to be reunited.

The way it works is simple, a small microchip, no bigger than a grain of rice, is inserted between the dog or cat’s shoulder blades. It’s quick, easy and no more painful than getting a vaccination. The microchip acts like a bar code.

If the dog or cat gets loose, veterinarians and shelters can scan the dog or cat to check for ID. If one is found, they’ll check the pet microchip databases to get the dog or cat back home to you.

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