April 17th marks the start of National Pet ID Week — 7 days devoted to reminding pet owners of the importance of ID-ing their animals.
Experts estimate that between 40 and 60 percent of shelter animals are actually family pets — but when a pet is found without ID, there’s often no way for them to return home.
What You Can Do as a Pet Owner
At Sunset Veterinary Clinic, we recommend ID-ing each of your pets in two ways: With a collar ID and a microchip.
Collar IDs: All pets should have their own collar ID tag. The tag should legibly bear your name, phone number, and street address. Many pet stores now have pet ID machines, which can churn out reasonably priced, nicely labeled collar IDs in just a few seconds.
Microchips: Even more full-proof than collar IDs are microchips. These are small electronic devices (no bigger than a grain of rice), which are deposited beneath your pet’s skin.
Today, only 3 to 4 percent of dogs, and less than 1 percent of cats, arriving at U.S. shelters are microchipped.
Each device is connected to personal information about the pet owner (name, address, and phone number). If a pet is found without tags, the chip can be scanned at a shelter, veterinarian office, or animal control location. The scan will bring up the accompanying information to help locate the owners.
Sunset Veterinary Clinic Offers Microchipping
At Sunset Veterinary Clinic, we perform microchipping in our exam rooms. The procedure is no more painful than a vaccination. If you prefer, however, we also offer the procedure on our anesthetic consent form so that your pet can be asleep while the microchip is implanted.
We register every microchip we implant for you. This avoids “microchips to nowhere.” The registration fee is included in the implant fee. But keep in mind, microchips are not GPS devices.
Let us help you avoid the awful heartbreak of a lost pet. Microchipping is the absolute best way to keep your animals safe. Contact Sunset Veterinary Clinic today to book your appointment.