One statistic that shows the importance of having your pets microchipped is that
ONE OUT OF THREE PETS
will go missing. However, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), microchipped dogs are returned to their owner around 52% of the time, while dogs without a microchip are returned 22% of the time. That staggering statistic widens even further when looking at cats. Only about 2% of lost cats are reconnected with their owners if they aren’t microchipped. That number jumps up to nearly 39% for microchipped cats.
To that end, we suggest you have your pet microchipped as soon as possible. With a microchip, your pet can be identified quickly and easily by animal control officers, shelters, or veterinary hospitals. Microchips are safe, unalterable, and permanent identification for pets, and the entire implant procedure takes less than 10 seconds. It’s also virtually painless.
We use the HomeAgain microchip system. The HomeAgain ID system uses microchips that register the animal with a unique identification number that is filed in a database with important contact information. This information can be updated at any time.
HomeAgain membership also offers other benefits such as proactive pet recovery and free access to ASPCA Poison Control, as well as access to the National Pet Recovery Database, Lost Pet Specialists, Rapid Lost Pet Alerts, Lost Pet Medical Insurance, Travel Assistance for Found Pets, and more.
Microchips are essential 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. To get your pet “chipped,” give us a call at (360) 379-1133.
4 TIPS TO PREVENT LOST PETS
We know you love taking your pet on adventures. The only single drawback of having your pet join you is the possibility of them running away or getting loose. Sometimes being outside can bring a whole new set of emotions to your pet. The excitement of new smells and their curiosity can sometimes get the best of them. But not to worry, we gathered a few tips to ease any worry that you may have to help keep your pets safe.