Even when it’s not National Pet ID Week (April 17 – 23), it’s a good time to check and update your pets identification. Do they have their passport home if they get lost?
Protect With A Microchip ID Tag
There are many ways to protect your pet. To keep them from being lost. One of the tried and tested methods is a microchip for your pet. Here we look at the three main benefits of microchipping your pet and an extra level of protection to keep your dog safe.
The lost pet problem in America is enormous. It is estimated that one in three pets will go missing at some point in their life. It is also estimated that about 5 million animals enter shelters each year and of those 40 to 60 percent are lost pets. Getting those pets back home can reduce shelter crowding and free up valuable resources and kennel space for truly homeless animals.
3 Benefits of Microchipping Your Pet
Scans Save Lives
When your dog gets lost, it can become frightened. Occasionally causing it to dash into dangerous, unfamiliar territories. This often means that ID tags fall off in the chaos.
If someone finds your dog, and they bring them to a shelter or vet. They can perform a simple scan of their chip and get vital information. This includes the dog’s name, your name, address and phone number, as well as other crucial info.
Without a chip, if their ID collar is lost, it can become near-impossible for rescuers to identify your pup.
If Stolen, Chips are Key
It’s a brutal thought, but the reality is that dogs do get snatched off the streets, outside of stores and cafes, and right out of your yard.
Thieves remove collars, but they rarely remove microchips. It’s something that must be done with the help of a vet.
The chip doesn’t help them escape, or be discovered, but if they should happen to break free, or you find out who stole them, and need to prove that it’s your dog, the microchip will save their life. The news is lousy with stories of pet abductions and owners having a hard time proving ownership. The law is not on our side in most areas, so make sure you have irrefutable and guaranteed proof should disaster strike.
Did you know that some doggie-door manufactures now offer doggie-doors that can recognize your pet’s chip, and open only for them? This keeps wildlife out of your home while allowing your dog easy access.
How to Dramatically Improve the Effectiveness of a Microchip
The major flaw in chips is that they are dependent on your buddy being found in order to be identified. Stories about dogs and cats disappearing for years, only to be found and returned to their owners is heartwarming, but why not cut out the years of trauma for your family and your pets?
Use your microchip in conjunction with a Nuzzle Collar. Nuzzles have a built-in GPS that can provide near-instant info on the location of your pets. This adds a layer of protection if your dog or cat is lost or stolen. Now you can track them using GPS, and if they manage to slip their collar, they have the microchip as a back-up.
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