At Pet Townsend Animal Hospital, we recommend cat and dog microchipping for pets in the Port Townsend, WA area. Statistics show that
ONE OUT OF THREE PETS
will go missing. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), though, microchipped dogs are returned to their owners 52% of the time, while dogs without a microchip are retuned 22% of the time. Cats with microchips are returned 39% of the time, while lost cats without microchips are only returned to their home 2% of the time.
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Microchips are a safe, unalterable, permanent form of identification for pets allowing them to be identified quickly and easily by animal control officers, shelters, or veterinary hospitals. The microchip is implanted, usually between the shoulder-blades, via a quick procedure that takes less than 10 seconds and is virtually painless. At Pet Townsend Veterinary Clinic, we use the HomeAgain microchip system. The membership also offers free access to ASPCA Poison Control, National Pet Recovery Database, Lost Pet Specialists, Rapid Lost Pet Alerts, Lost Pet Medical Insurance, Travel Assistance for Found Pets, and more.
Tips for Lost Pet Prevention
Microchips are a highly recommended protection for your pet, even if they live entirely indoors. This technology helps reunite more than 15,000 lost pets with their owners every month. While it is important to have your cat or dog microchipped, pet owners should also consider the following tips for preventing lost pets.
Be sure that your pet always has identification attached to their collar, including their name, your phone number, and proof of their vaccination status. This identification will easily communicate to other people that your pet is safe to handle and has a home.
It is extremely common for pets to become loose due to using the wrong size collar or leash. Having a collar that is too loose can easily allow your pet to step backwards, slip out, and run away. When tightening your pet’s collar, the general rule is that it should have both enough tension and comfort. You should be able to fit two fingers between the collar and your pet’s neck. Also, the larger the pet, the wider and stronger the collar and leash should be.
Proper training will be the most useful in unwanted situations, such as your dog getting loose. If your pet runs away from you, it is important to stay calm and direct with your pet so that they comply. Compliance with simple commands, such as “sit”, “stay”, and “come” should override any impulse they have to run or roam.
If you happen to be in an unfortunate situation where your pet runs away or becomes lost, it is important to have a plan. Having your cat or dog microchipped will greatly increase the likelihood that they will return home to you. Be sure to share photos and information about your missing pet in online forums and with neighbors or nearby veterinary clinics in the Port Townsend area.